I’m in the SFWA Story Bundle!

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 0

I’m pleased to announce that the SFWA Story Bundle is now available at http://www.storybundle.com featuring “Beyond the Gates” by Yours Truly.  If you are unfamiliar with the bundle, it contains six novels by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA), in several electronic formats, available for a price you select (minimum of $5.00).  If you choose to pay more than $15, you will get an additional six novels for a total of twelve.  You also get to choose what portion of your money goes to SFWA, the balance going to the authors.  Such a deal!

Here’s more information, courtesy of Cat Rambo:

The initial titles in the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Saiensu Fikushon 2016 by TOBI Hirotaka, Toh Enjoe and Taiyo Fujii
  • Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson
  • The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore
  • Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  • Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
  • Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all six of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • Unidentified Funny Objects by Alex Shvartsman
  • Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Strangers Among Us by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Tech Heaven by Linda Nagata
  • The Burning Eye by John F. Carr
  • The Leaves of October by Don Sakers

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

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Time Travel Tales available on amazon

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 0

I had an email this morning from editor Zach Chapman that this anthology is now up on amazon, just in time for holiday gifting!  My story “Into the Desolation” is in it, so if you missed that when it ran in OSC’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, you can catch it here.

Of course, all my other books are also available in either print or electronic format, so give the gift of imagination this year! And yes, you can gift an ebook.  I just can’t autograph it for you.

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“Wastelands” on sale for $1.99

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories | Comments: 0

I see that the Kindle version of “Wastelands” is on sale right now for $1.99.  You’ll find my short story “Artie’s Angels” inside, along with stories by Steven King, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card and others.

And this is an excellent opportunity to remind you the season of gift giving is upon us, and all my books are now back in print and make wonderful gifts!

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Another sale

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories | Comments: 0

Got an email this week that my short story “Eli’s Coming” has been accepted for publication in Analog.  Yay!  I don’t have a pub date yet, but I’ll post that when I do.

In other news, my editor at Desert Moon Press, who has been ailing for some time, has recovered enough to resume work on “The Aztec Eagle” (formerly “The Crystal Desert”). We may actually get the book out this year.  Speaking of which, I should get to work on the latest files she sent me.

Diving back in. (Glug, glug,  glug…)

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“Builders of Leaf Houses” wins Analog’s Readers’ Choice Award

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 2

Woo-hoo!  Just heard from the editor at Analog that “Builders of Leaf Houses,” which ran in their December 2015 issue, won the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Novella.  You can probably hear me crowing all the way to Mexico!

This novella was initially supposed to be a second novel with the characters from “Beyond the Gates,” but when the publisher dropped me, I scaled the idea back to novella length.  It’s been kicking around in my files file for more than ten years, and I finally polished it up and sent it off.  I’m so grateful to the good folks at Analog for giving me the opportunity to share the story of Motherlove and her tribe of Thinking Ones.  Wish I could go to the Nebulas to accept the award in person, but I don’t think that’s in the cards.

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New anthology on time travel from Chappy Books

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 0

Woo-hoo! Just sold the reprint of “Into the Desolation” to Chappy Fiction for their time travel anthology, due out in December. I’ll have income again in 2016! (For those of you who have never filled out a Schedule C for the IRS, if you don’t show income in at least two out of five years, they consider your “business” a hobby. I’ve managed to stay in the pro category now for 26 years.)

“Into the Desolation” originally ran in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2014. If you didn’t catch it there, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this anthology when it comes out. Okay, you’ll want to pick up a copy anyway. It really is one of my better pieces. I’ll keep you posted when it becomes available.

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“Builders of Leaf Houses” in Dec. Analog

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 2

Just got back from vacation to find my author’s copies of the December 2015 issue of “Analog.” Guess whose name is first on the cover! Woo-hoo! “Builders of Leaf Houses” is the first story in the issue, with a two-page spread of artwork. I’m dancing!

While this novella is a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” you can enjoy it even without having read the novel. And then, if you like the characters of Marta and Shipner, you can always go back and read the book. It’s available in ebook and paper through amazon and B&N. “Analog” is also available in both formats.

What’s it about? It’s a “first contact” story between humans and Thinking Ones, a sentient species resembling evolved dinosaurs. Their leader Motherlove is beset with problems–choosing a successor, relocating her village, children born without inherited memories–when the humans show up to complicate her life.

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Where the the summer go, eh?

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: AZ, Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, Travel, TusCon | Comments: 0

I spent much of this summer traveling, first to the East Coast to visit family–oh, and take a cruise to Bermuda out of Boston–and then to cooler climates in Arizona to escape the heat. Yes, there are places in Arizona that are balmy during the summer months, such as Payson (tucked under the Mogollon Rim), Prescott (The Mile High City), Flagstaff (7000 ft.) and even Sedona (where Oak Creek Canyon provides shade). We visited a number of local breweries and wineries along our way, hiked and exercised enthusiastically, and I’m finishing up the season only a couple of pounds heavier.

I regret to report that I will not be at TusCon this year, as I have a conflict. But I’ll be thinking of my fans when Halloween rolls around–no one does costumes like the folks at TusCon! I hope to be back in 2016. I also regret that the re-issue of “The Aztec Eagle” (parts 1 & 2) has been delayed. We hoped it would be available this fall, but it looks like early 2016 for that.

Still waiting to hear when “Builders of Leaf Houses” will run in Analog. I’ll be sure to post when I know.

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And six weeks later…

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Travel | Comments: 0

Whew! Just returned from a 5.5 week road trip with my husband, visiting relatives, seeing sights, and mostly getting out of Tucson for the hottest month of the year. I took along a stack a promotional bookmarks to give out along the way–unfortunately, I first forgot about them (I am so bad at publicity) and then couldn’t remember where I’d packed them! Finally, about three weeks in, I dumped out my bag of crocheting and there they were. So I did manage to give out a few on the way home.

We had a marvelous time, including a cruise to Bermuda that I recommend. As we traveled, we stopped at a number of wineries and brew pubs to sample the local fare and were generally impressed. We especially liked Chateau aux Arc in Arkansas, where we chatted with another theatre major–Hi, Elizabeth, be sure to send me your email so I can get you a copy of my play “Prisoners.”

It was a long time to be away from home, though, and we actually cut the trip short by a couple of days. Now we are settling back into a familiar routine, and I hope to begin editing on “The Aztec Eagle” this week in preparation for a fall (I hope) publication date.

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Happy Release Day: Beyond the Gates!

Written By: alorange | Categorized In: Book news, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 0

The reprint and ebook versions of Beyond the Gates are now available from Desert Moon Press! Happy release day, Catherine!
–the Masked Webmistress

 

BTG cover flat

“Dhrusil-matkhashi is a wasteland. The soil is sterile. Why do you suppose we stay on this continent?”

Marta, a graduate student researching indigenous life on isolationist Dray’s Planet, discovers an animal that can’t be indigenous, but which can’t have come from anywhere else. The puzzle convinces the Children of the Second Revelation to bring two Unbelievers into their closed society. As the rival offworld scientists trek into the harsh desert to determine the creature’s origins, Marta stumbles onto another mystery: why do folk tales speak of roarings and screechings from the planet’s second continent, the uninhabitable Land Beyond the Gates? And why are the Faithful forbidden to set foot there?

Religious leaders will not sanction a trip to the uncharted land they deem uninhabitable. Marta must keep her expedition from coming to their attention, while keeping her difficult offworlders on task. After that, uncovering the secrets of the prohibited place ought to be the easy part. But they still have to live to tell the tale…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VZ06SFK
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-gates-catherine-wells/1003319322?ean=2940151846776
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/527937

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