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My Novel is Released!

OMG YOU GUYS!

I released a book today!!!

I am HOLDING a copy of a novel I wrote and some fabulous people (thank you Autonomous Press and Argawarga Press!) liked enough to edit and put into print. I am more proud of this than anything I’ve ever done.

I hope you enjoy it

Paperback and ebook available from autpress.com; free ebook with paperback purchase! Also available in paperback and Kindle from amazon.com, or ask at your local bookstore.

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit: Serial Murder & Cyberpunk with an Alien Psychic Twist

In a far future, on the cusp of a major civil rights movement, a private investigator whose disabilities aid her in her investigations must stop a serial killer while political forces manipulate her for control of her beloved city.

It’s said, “write what you know,” but I say, “write what you love.” Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is a love song to my favorite stories, from early devourings of Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, to later walks down William Gibson’s Sprawl and Blade Runner’s gritty, neon streets.

It is a full-hearted call-out to the silenced and the weird, to the people like me who never see themselves the hero of the book because they are disabled, or queer, or otherwise pushed to the margins and told to stay. It is a love song to those of us who say, “no, I won’t stay; I have something beautiful to chase beyond your walls!”

It is an ode to cities where I’ve wandered: from the towers of New York to the parks of one Portland and the seaports of another.

As far as the alien psychic twist…Anne McCaffery imprinted me early with her alien psychic dragon companions. But mix that with darker companions, echoes of Madeline L’Engle’s ecthrohi, Ged’s shadow in A Wizard of Earthsea, and the utter alienness of Lovecraftian horrors. My beloved cities, too, have spirits, each a unique, flavored personality. What if we could talk to our cities? What might my city, constant companion who enfolds me, say? Would she be light or dark, or, likely, both?

Lastly, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is a love song to a world I hope we are still trying to build, one which is unafraid to explore power and privilege, and dis/ability and social norms, as both Hoshi and the city–as we–struggle to come to terms with a more justly integrated society.

Paperback and ebook order through autpress.com; free ebook with paperback order! Also available on amazon.com.

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit – Pre-order Available NOW! Instant free ebook!

Hooray! My science fiction mystery novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit, is available for paperback preorder through autpress.com! Ebook available now for immediate download; free ebook with paperback preorder.

Due to their unique neurology, only the enslaved Operator caste can program the quantum computers that run 26th century Red City. When three of the caste are ritually murdered, it’s up to private investigator Hoshi Archer—herself a recently liberated Operator—to help the police solve the case. Things get complicated when one of the victims turns out to be Hoshi’s ex-girlfriend, power-hungry bureaucrats and old rivals stir up new problems, and an immortal, amoral alien may even be involved. To unwind the plot to take over the city, Hoshi must decipher a deadly computer program and learn to communicate with the alien, before it’s too late for the next victim—and the city.

No time to read the first page? Try the animated version! (WARNING – some images flash by quickly)

Short Story in Spoon Knife 3 Anthology

I am jump-up-and-down-flappingly giddy to announce that I’ll have a SF short story, “Heat Producing Entities,” in this year’s Spoon Knife Anthology! The anthology is likely to come out in May.

If you haven’t picked up copies of the previous anthologies, they are large, diverse, and wonderful–written by-and-for those of us who are neurodivergent, queer, non-gender-norming, disabled, mad, and often excluded from literature. I reviewed last year’s here. I am so excited for anthology #3, and so thrilled to be a part of it this year!

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