Monstrous Engines Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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Hey, this week’s update is brought to you courtesy of a loaner computer and the hard work of Michael! My computer died: how sad I am, how sad.

Anyway, onto the books: I’m happy to welcome a new publisher, Scott Andrews’s Firkin Press, publisher of the shiny webzine Beneath Ceaseless Skies. We’re only adding one title at the moment and will, I hope, be adding subscriptions later—them being so popular and all. But check out this book: The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One, which has a dozen good stories and is only $2.99. Nice price.

And this month we have three new titles from those busy bees at Lethe Press, a historical romance, a debut collection of short stories, and a historical thriller:

  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors by Livia Llewellyn with an introduction by Laird Barron.
    “These 10 powerful stories mark relative newcomer Llewellyn as a writer to watch in the genres of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica.”
    —Publishers Weekly
  • The German by Lee Thomas
    Set during the height of World War II, The German examines the effect a series of ritualistic murders has on a small, Texas community.
  • Mere Mortals by Erastes
    Orphaned Crispin Thorne has been taken as ward by Philip Smallwood, a man he’s never met . . .

Lastly we added a forthcoming Small Beer title: a fabby new collection from the late Joan Aiken, The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories. We have a giveaway going on the Small Beer blog: please tell us your pseudonym (or someone else’s!) for a chance to win. (The pre-orders worked really well for The Rifter so we’ll be adding more later this spring.)

There’s a chance we’ll add audio books, too. More fun!

I was talking to Michael yesterday about the site and I was, as I am occasionally wont to do, bemoaning the lack of vacation time people here in the USA take so we decided that at least to begin with we’ll have a week off in spring and fall. Maybe we’ll get more adventurous (and European!) and take more time off in the future but for an online venture that we try and keep an eye on 24/7, two weeks off seems ambitious. The first week should be the week after the second installment of The Rifter (Servant of the Crossed Arrows) comes out since I am going to Scotland on a family visit anyway. Vacation or not, we’ll still be checking email!

The other thing we talked about was how do we find out if readers and shoppers are finding what they want and if they’re happy or unhappy. We’re going to put up a survey (with a chance to win something or other) but in the meantime, if there’s anything that bugs you (or makes you happy—or, at least, since so many people say happiness is not really to be pursued—content), please do email.

And: thanks again for reading. We really appreciate your coming by.

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