Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Release: C.M. Simpson: Short Stories and Poems from 2013 - The Year Just Gone

The second volume of C.M. Simpon's annual collection of short work from the previous year is now available. This year there was enough work for two volumes and it spans the range from speculative to fantasy to science fiction to horror to urban fantasy and paranormal fantasy through a variety of poetry, flash and short fiction. Sometimes, she wonders where it all comes from; mostly, she just enjoys the ride.




Last year’s anthology consisted only of the short stories and poems published in 2012. This year’s anthology consists of all the short stories and poems that I created, edited or rewrote in 2013, regardless of whether or not they have been released. The tales are taken from completed anthologies, and anthologies yet to come, from my blog, and from my notebooks. Most are published as stand-alone stories, but some are yet to be published.

This year’s anthology is two volumes long. I have divided them up chronologically, according to when the stories were first created and completed. This is the second volume, and it covers work completed or released in 2013. It consists of a mix of poetry, flash fiction and short fiction, ranging in genre from horror to fantasy to science fiction and urban fantasy.

Pixies, unicorns, vampires, star ships, hunters, psi and sheer speculation of the what ifs, what might have been, and what might still be romp through the pages. Come and walk through the landscapes of my mind.

 




















Both volumes are currently available from Smashwords in the major formats, but they will soon be available from Kindle, DriveThruFiction, OmniLit and in print-on-demand via CreateSpace.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Countdown: The Year Just Gone (2013) Releases this Week

Posted 24 June 2014

Countdown: The Year Just Gone (2013) Releases this Week


C.M.’s second volume of collected short works completed, revised and prepared for publication or published in 2013 releases in five days’ time.

Like Remnants to Recent Years, The Year Just Gone consists of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, explorations of fantasy, science fiction, speculation, real-world and real-life commentary, language and word play in general.


Some of the short stories in The Year Just Gone have been released as stand-alone works, as part of An Anthology of Blades, or as both. Rather than buy them one by one, you can find them all in this volume. These stories are:

  • The Soul in the Sword
  • Gulvane and the Dragon
  • Stiletto’s Luck
  • The Reptiles’ Blade
  • Death Comes in Bone



The rest of this volume consists of flash fiction and poetry, explorations of fantasy, science fiction, speculation, real-world and real-life commentary, language and word play in general.


The Year Just Gone is scheduled for release on June 28, 2014.
Here is a taste of what to expect:



So, I woke up this morning with the first line in my head, knowing I had a bit of catching up to do. Heavens knows what I’d been dreaming. The line haunted me all through breakfast, so I made it the springboard for today’s flash fiction. This piece was written on December 31, 2013, for 365 Days of Flash Fiction.


“Your dog is beautiful,” the Hungarian woman said, “but you belong in a zoo.”
I felt my jaw drop, and then came the reply, quick as a flash and just as unwise.
“It is true, but only the same zoo you escaped from.”
Well, it was on for young and old, she being the young and me being the old. I truly should have known better. We fought, the dogs forgotten, alternately barking and cowering on the sidelines.
The Hungarian’s name was Yolta, with a ‘J’. She caught her foot on the curb and went down hard. I reached out to help her, and she sent 300 volts up my arm—her mother was bilingual and had a sense of humour. No one touches her and lives.
Except for me, Villamia—lightning. I am older by fifteen years.
Earthing us both, I helped my sister from the ground, and took her home.
We had a lot of catching up to do.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Release: C.M. Simpson: Short Stories and Poems from 2013—Volume 1: Remnants to Recent Years



Every year, C.M. Simpson gathers up the short stories, flash fiction and poetry she’s written, published, or prepared for publishing, and puts them into a single volume. This year, there are two volumes. The first volume consists of all the work, C.M. has re-discovered from her early years of writing, and the second volume consists of all the work she wrote in 2013.



Some of the short stories in The Year Just Gone have been released as stand-alone works, as part of An Anthology of Blades, or as both. Rather than buy them one by one, you can find them all in this volume. These stories are:


  • The Soul in the Sword
  • Gulvane and the Dragon
  • Stiletto’s Luck
  • The Reptiles’ Blade
  • Death Comes in Bone



The rest of this volume consists of flash fiction and poetry, explorations of fantasy, science fiction, speculation, real-world and real-life commentary, language and word play in general.



Remnants to Recent Years releases today.