Now, before you throw things at me for boosting this faux, Hallmark-created holiday, hear me out. I think celebrating love in all its incarnations and forms is wonderful. To me, platonic love - between siblings, between friends, between pet owners and their "fur babies" - are all just as important, if not more so, as romantic love. Every year, I use Valentine's Day as a time to let EVERYONE in my life know how much they mean to me and say all the mushy stuff that sometimes goes unsaid between friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. The closing soliloquy from the movie "Year of the Dog" is one of my all-time favorite ruminations on the nature of love (and if you haven't ever seen the movie, I encourage you to do - it's great!).
Meanwhile, I've been hard at work finishing up Whenafter - it's off to the editor now! Meanwhile, I've started work on a new novelette unrelated to the Afterlife series. This new story is a sci fi romance and is a prequel to a science fiction novel I've had in my head for a long time. The SF romance novelette, which doesn't yet have a title, will be part of a Science Fiction and Fantasy romance boxed set releasing this fall. Stay tuned for more details in future newsletters!
Myths and Magic Boxed Set - Last Chance!
The Myths and Magic Boxed Set is only available until February 21st. After that, it will no longer be available for sale, so be sure to get your copy before then (link below).
MYTHS AND MAGIC BOX SET DESCRIPTIONThere is adventure out there … if you’re brave enough to risk it.
Explore worlds of darkness, danger, and magic in sixteen exclusive fantasy and science fiction novels and novellas, available for a limited time. There are tough choices to be made and dastardly villains to outwit in this breath-taking collection that will have you on the edge of your seat.Plucky heroes and devastating anti-heroes face off against demons, spirits, shifters, witches, and more in this limited-edition arrangement that features a satisfying combination of epic fantasy, science fiction, romance, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, and more!
For those of you impatient for the next book in the Afterlife Series, my story in the MYTHS AND MAGIC Box Set is "IRENE AND THE WITCH" - a stand-alone piece from the forthcoming (May 2018) fourth Afterlife novel (Whenafter)!
IRENE AND THE WITCH DESCRIPTION
Party girl Irene Dunphy thought being dead was bad and being stuck in purgatory even worse, but when her attempts to return to the land of the living as a guardian angel are derailed by a soul-stealing witch, she quickly learns there are things even more terrible than death.
My short fantasy story, "My Lover Like Night," (a mash-up of The Lady of Shalott and Rapunzel with a dark fantasy twist), is now available as part of MiFi Writers "Double Take" anthology - available now wherever paperbacks and ebooks are sold.
This flash fiction piece, more of a prose poem than a straight narrative story, came to me all at once out of the blue. This is one of the rare stories that needed very little editing after the first draft - the narrator's voice and personality were so strong that the words just flowed onto the page. And you know me - when I write about damsels sitting in towers, they most certainly aren't in distress!
I hope you enjoy this reading wicked little tale as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Gearing Up for Whenafter Release / Asking for a Favor
If you've got a few minutes to spare, could you do me a favor? I need to compile a list of memorable quotes from Hereafter for series' marketing materials. If you've read Hereafter, what is your favorite quote from the book? If you haven't read Hereafter, please take a second to go to your favorite book retailer site and use the "look inside" preview to skim the preview and find a quote that jumps out at you.
You can email the quote to me or head over to my Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/TerriBruceAuthor) and add your quote as a comment on the pinned post. And to sweeten the deal, I'll be giving away some thank you gifts to four randomly chosen participants (one participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card (or equivalent book retailer) and three participants will receive swag packs featuring a piece of handmade jewelry!). Deadline to get me the quotes is February 20th at 11:59 pm EST to be considered for the giveaway prizes.
If you're not already following me on these sites, can you take a moment to pop on over and follow me. This ensures that you will be notified of my new releases:
Forthcoming Short Stories
I'm excited to announce:
My flash fantasy story, "The Tower" (originally published by Zoetic Press as part of Non-Binary Review #8: 1001 Arabian Nights) will be part of an upcoming edition of The Centropic Oracle Podcast (specific date TBA).
My short fantasy story, "The Lady and the Unicorn," (what I call my "feminist, biker-unicorn story (not feminist-bikers but a feminist take on biker-unicorns) and which is a mash-up of original unicorn mythology (before Peter Beagle made them "pretty") and an homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger"), has been accepted to the "Fell Beasts and Fair" anthology from Spring Song Press releasing March 2018.
Other Books You Might Enjoy
I meet a lot of authors and see a lot of book ads and these three happened to catch my eye. I'd thought I'd pass them along in case any of you are looking for reading material to keep you busy until Whenafter comes out in May. Shadow Spy is a new release, Witch's Potion is on sale this week for $0.99, and Gaslight and Graves is on pre-order (and features a story by my friend E.B. Black).
Connecting with Me
The best way to get random weird tidbits, funny stories, alerts about flash giveaways and contests, and my upcoming, spur-of-the-moment appearances is to follow my Facebook Fan Page or to join the Terri Bruce Afterlife Angels Facebook Group. However, if you follow the Fan Page, you will need to go in and like several of the posts to get my posts to start showing up in your timeline.
The best way to learn about my scheduled appearances and monthly giveaways and major news/announcements is to subscribe to this newsletter or follow my website/blog via RSS, BlogLovin', or Google+.
The best way to just hang out and be random is Twitter (@_TerriBruce) or the Facebook Fan Group.
Author Visit Program
I am booking virtual author visits for March and beyond - please click on the link below to learn more. But, the short version is:
a) there's no cost - this is FREE
b) it's virtual - using cloud-based video chat software such as Zoom, Go To Meeting, or Skype - so you can live anywhere in the world and still book an author visit
c) author visits can be to groups of fans/readers and book clubs to discuss my books or it can be to schools and writer programs to discuss writerly topics, getting published, etc.
So, if you'd like me to visit with your reader group, book club, school, or writers' group, click the link below and schedule a visit!
And that, as they say, is all the news that's fit to print. As always, thanks for reading!
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Terri Bruce is the author of the paranormal/contemporary fantasy “Afterlife” series, which includes Hereafter (Afterlife #1) and Thereafter (Afterlife #2), as well as numerous short stories in various anthologies. She has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces strange, hard-to-classify fantasy and science fiction stories from beautiful Downeast ME, where she lives with her husband and various cats. Visit her on the web at www.terribruce.net.