Sunday, March 29, 2020

AJ Fitzwater's Tea Time Virtual Release Party


AJ Fitzwater's Tea Time Virtual Release Zoom Party! Tuesday April 7th, 3pm NZ time.

Since New Zealand is in lock down and I won't be going to my US conference events, I'm taking my release party virtual. Come hang out with me on Zoom and drink tea to celebrate the release of "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper". There'll be speechifying and question type things, maybe a reading, and a big ol' warm squishy welcome of Cinrak to the world.

More information here at the Facebook Event page

And the direct Zoom link is here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Quick Trip and Promotion Update

As with all of life right now, my book release trip to Wiscon and the Nebula conference has been complicated by Covid-19. I have cancelled my trip.

I am sad and disappointed, but I want to keep my friends, family, and writing community safe - I'd hate to be a vector.

I am planning to hold over memberships and tickets. and go to Wiscon in 2021.

At this point, I'm pivoting to online promotion. If you'd like me on your blog or podcast talking about queer rodent pirates or shape shifting land girls of New Zealand's WW2, hit me up. Email address is in my ALL NEW Press Kit (see tool bar above), now with fancy Author Photos.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cinrak Round The Town

It's just under a month (ahhhhhhh!) until "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper" is released, and here's a round up of some chatter round the town.

A.C. Wise says "It’s fun, it’s charming, it’s packed full of adventure and glittering prose." I've done an interview with Wise, which will be out in April. 

Maria Haskins liked the different approach to challenge: "To me, this explicit lack of A Giant Evil Foe, echoes one of the things I love the most about many Miyazaki movies: the ability to tell compelling and exciting stories without the need for death and destruction and bloody fights to the death."

Life Achievement Unlocked! Reviewed by Publishers Weekly! "This delightful diversion will reel in anyone in need of a quirky break from reality."

Use Good Reads? Add Cinrak to your To Read list

Cinrak is available to pre-order in e-book and paperback formats from a variety of retailers. Click through here to discover the most convenient for you.

And here's one that gave me a little thrill - Cinrak at Book Depository! Cough, I mean, death to capitalism, and give equal distribution for all art, but one has to work within while attempting to break the system. Baby gotta exist. 

I'm currently in Major Prep Promotion Mode, so there'll be lots of interviews and blogposts coming out from the end of March. 

Thanks for all the enthusiasm, pre-orders, and support lately folks. Baby's First Book Release is a strange and nerve-wracking time, especially in these very trying times. So here's a capy being chill.

A capybara, a large square faced rodent, sits with eyes closed as a butterfly lands on its head.

Monday, February 24, 2020

No Man's Land - Cover Reveal and Preorders

Presenting my World War Two shape-shifter land girls novella, "No Man's Land", coming June 8.

Here's the blurb from the Paper Road Press site:

No Man’s Land is a historical fantasy and a love story set in the golden plains of North Otago, in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dorothea ‘Tea’ Gray joins the Land Service and is sent to work on a remote farm, one of many young women left to fill the empty shoes left by fathers and brothers serving in the Second World War.
But Tea finds more than hard work and hot sun in the dusty North Otago nowhere—she finds a magic inside herself she never could have imagined, a way to save her brother in a distant land she never thought she could reach, and a love she never knew existed.
Inspired by feminist and LGBTQ+ history and family memories of North Otago in wartime, A.J Fitzwater has turned a piece of forgotten women’s history into a tapestry of furious pride and love that crosses cultures, countries and decades.
I am deeply fortunate to have incredible artists working on my book covers this year, and Laya Rose has done an outstanding job at the colours of a Te Waiponamou South Island high summer and the spaces between the battle field and the home front.

Cover of No Man's Land: Two giant eels, one blue, one yellow. A girl stands on the head of the yellow eel,
as if in a battle field, looking into the mountains and river in the other eel. 
I can't wait to share this book with you. I will have word soon on whether I'll be carrying some copies with me on my Wiscon and Nebula trip, and about a June book launch party in Christchurch.

Print and e-book preorders are available now via the Paper Road Press website and various outlets of repute!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Preorders now available for "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper"

As it says on the box!

"The Voyages of Cinrak The Dapper" from Queen of Swords Press will be released on April 6, 2020. Three months to go!

If you'd like to be ready to have your copy drop to your reading device of choice on the day, you can preorder via Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and Angus & Robertson. A universal link to all retailers is available here.

Lesbian capybara pirate! Found fam! Adventures! Pirate unions! Krakens! Beards! Set sail with my rodent maties.

Cover of "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper"
Capybara silhouette in purple and blue, with a starfield and pirate ship

Thursday, December 12, 2019

For Your Consideration

It's that time of year again, to WillSmith dot jpg at my stories from 2019 for award consideration, including the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, and the Otherwise Award (formerly Tiptree). In a lovely piece of serendipity, I will be able to attend the award ceremonies for all of them next year!

These are listed in chronological order:

  • "Hearts Made Marble, Weapons Shaped From Bone" - Apparition Lit, Issue 5 "Resistance", January 15, 2019
    Unicorns aren't as put together as myth makes them out to be - it takes near annihilation for them to find their truth, strength, and anger.
  • "Hunger's Truth" - Giganotosaurus, April 2019
    People with an X chromosome - not just women - have evolved a taste for man-flesh. Their sharp teeth have been blunted by the patriarchy, and Danyor must struggle with dentures, detainment, and daddy as revolution rises.
  • "With God As Our Witness" - Lackingtons, Issue 19 Voyages, May 14, 2019
    Knights with genital embossed armour fly by dragon to meet God on the moon. Every mission before has failed, until Ser Serena comes along with A Plan.
  • "Power Chord" - Capricious, July 31, 2019
    Punks in space! Surl must play the performance of her life with a guitar keyed to ignite the giant fusion engines of the Gilman, a generation ship taking an anarchist collective to the stars. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

News roundabout these parts

It's been a busy couple of months in these here writerly parts.

Edits for "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper" and "No Man's Land" have been completed and handed in. "Cinrak" is now heading into the formatting stage and ARCs will be made available soon. If you'd like an eARC for reviewing purposes, contact me or editor Catherine Lundoff at Queen of Swords Press.

I'll have more details soon about my World War 2 land girl shapeshifters novella "No Man's Land", I'm just waiting for ducks to line up. When I have release date (hopefully May 2020), cover art, and ARCs to share, I'll be shouting about it.

Recent events I've done Word volunteering duties for include Zadie Smith and Behrouz Boochani. Working crowd control for Zadie Smith was enlightening, giving me the chance to watch a star author at the top of their game interacting with readers. And the Boochani event was incredibly emotional - I hope New Zealand can find it's way to grant asylum to him.

In October, I traveled to Wellington to be a part of the double book release by Paper Road Press for "Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Speculative Fiction Volume 1", which includes my story "Logistics", and Andi Buchanan's brilliant "From a Shadow Grave". A good time was had reading in the shadow of the Beehive, and both Year's Best and "From a Shadow Grave" made the following week's Top Ten New Zealand Fiction Sellers.

I was flattered to be part of a group of local wordsmiths creating the Word Up Cabaret in late November. Local storyteller The Unicorn brought together poets, spoken word artists, songwriters, and authors to perform a buffet of beautiful prose over a few nights. The night I performed, I read one of my unicorn stories (not related to our generous host). It was a fun experience, one I need more practice at for next year!

I've started planning a big travel event for May 2020, including Wiscon (finally!) and the Nebula conference. I'm hoping I'll be able to do a book release and readings at Wiscon. Let me know if you're going to be at either conference.

Worldcon 2020 planning is also underway. At least I don't have to travel so far for this major event! I hope to take part in some interesting panels and readings. I'm looking forward to sharing Wellington with all my writer friends, and Aotearoa New Zealand speculative fiction with the world.

Overall, 2020 is going to be a big year of travel, promotion, and book releases, a big new step for me. And I have to fit my regular writing schedule in there too! I'm looking forward to the challenge. I really want to up my game.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of my cat Bug:

A black and white tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge enjoying sunshine