Thursday, August 10, 2017

MINOTAUR now in Audio!

Minotaur is now available in audio! It was my first time narrating my own work, which was a really interesting challenge, and a lot of fun.

Minotaur is a F/F fantasy-adventure story (appropriate for YA audiences) about a group of orphaned girls living in the shadow of an...unusual monster.

You can listen to a sample from Minotaur at Joyfully Jay's site, and another sample at Audible, where the book can also be purchased.

You can check out more of my audio work here!



Finalist: 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards
Finalist: Best LGBT SF/F/Horror 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
Finalist: 2016 EPIC Award in Fantasy
Booklist starred review
RT Reviews Top Pick Gold

Know this: I am not a warrior. I am a disease.

When I was six, my parents died.

When I was sixteen, I was locked away in Rock Point Girls’ Home. Nobody wants to deal with a liar. An addict. A thief.

Nobody except Alle. She is pure, and she’s my friend in spite of all the rotten things I am. 

There was once another girl like me—long ago. A cast-off daughter. A lying little beast who left a red stain across the land with her terrible magic. She’s imprisoned now in a maze high up on the cliffs. They say she’s half woman, half bull. They say she dines on human tributes and guards a vast treasure. They say she was born wicked.
But I know her better than the history books or stories do. She and I dream together. Our destinies are twisted up like vines.

Except I’m not going to turn out wicked like she is. I can save myself by destroying her. I’m going to break out of this place, and I’m going to enter the labyrinth and take her heart.

And once I’m redeemed, maybe Alle will love me.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#CircusLife

Okay, technically I'm in a sideshow, not a circus. But referring to "circus life" makes me think of Journey, and anything that makes me think of Journey is welcome.

I've been traveling with World of Wonders for a month now, and it's been super fun. I started with them in Bensalem, PA, at a mall carnival. So we were in a lot across from the Neshaminy Mall, which was nice, because Barnes & Noble was close by, and I used their cafe and their bathroom pretty obsessively. I also saw things at that mall that I will never unsee, including a child having explosive diarrhea on a changing table in one of the bathrooms while the mother yelled, "Oh Christ. Oh, Jesus CHRIST!"


Then we moved on to Levittown, NY. Another shopping center lot. Decent crowds and weather, and a Petco full of adorable ferrets.

We perform the show 3-4 times a day. It's 10 acts, about 40 minutes long, family friendly. I get my head cut off in the guillotine illusion, and light up lightbulbs with my body in the electric chair. Including this maybe-not-so-family-friendly lightbulb.



Little kids watching the guillotine are my favorite. A lot of them walk past my disembodied head and yell, "Are you okay?" and "HOW ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?" It's really hard to keep a straight face.

I'm the only performer who doesn't have an actual sideshow skill, so I just get killed in various ways and admire the talents of the hula hooper, knife thrower, sword swallower/fire-eater, and strongwoman. I am determined to learn whip cracking, though. My stage name is Bitsy Manhattan.

I have an extensive array of sparkly costumes, including the single greatest garment ever made: a sequined, ruffled biketard perfect for when I'm not sure if I'll be swimming, jogging, or performing in a side show, so I need to dress for all three.



Right now, we're camped out at a warehouse in NJ for a break. We've spent it washing the tent walls, repairing the rivets on straightjackets, and feeding the wildlife. Fun fact: groundhogs love pizza fries.





We took a field trip to Coney Island last Saturday and saw the Coney Island Sideshow, which was amazeballs. Betty Bloomerz, swallower of swords and saw blades, is my new hero. And we rode the Cyclone, which briefly satisfied my roller coaster addiction. Next week, we head to Suffolk, NY to start performing again. Fair season is getting underway, so we'll start performing at fairs & festivals as opposed to malls.

We sleep in the bunkhouse, which is half a semi-truck divided into little rooms. My bunk looks like a Barbie Dream Coffin.



We have a microwave and mini fridge. When we're performing, we set up a shower tent and take hose showers, but so far, it's been so cold that hose-bathing has been kind of terrible. In Levittown, someone got the brilliant idea to sign up for 1-day passes to the nearby Planet Fitness and use their showers. It may have been the best shower of my life, including the one I took after my 11-day hike in the mountains of New Zealand. Here at the warehouse, we have a utility sink, which I crouch in every few days, Gollum-style, and try to slap water all over myself. The Gollum effect is heightened by the fact that I currently have a horrible hacking cough. Super sexy.

I spend my free hours writing and audiobook editing. And trying to get the Professor to talk to me on the phone. According to my grandma, the Prof just stares coldly at the receiver and judges me.



So that's all for now! More to come...


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I'm Finally Running Away with the Circus



This summer and fall, I'm incredibly excited to be joining the World of Wonders Sideshow! I leave directly from RT in Atlanta next month to meet up with the circus and kick off what I hope will be seven months of awesome adventures. I'll be back in November.

I'll still be writing--Lisa Henry and I are doing a couple more installments of the Prescott College series to be released next year, and I'm working on a collection of horror stories. I'm also scrambling to finish some recording before I go so that I can spend my time on the road doing post production on a few audio projects, including the fabulous The Belle versus the BDOC by Amy Jo Cousins and trying my hand at narrating things I've written with Minotaur and The Subs Club Shorts.

I also now have my voice acting site up and running, so you can check out what I'm doing in the audio world.

Other things I'm excited about: RT!! I'll be there and will be signing--I'll have The Good Boy, Minotaur, and 24/7 with me, but if there are any other books you'd like to buy from me, get in touch and I'll bring them for you!