You know that scene in The Exorcist where Linda Blairs head spins around while Max von Sydow throws out the Devil in the name of the Father? (I only know about the scene because it became famous apart from the movie; I dont go to scary movies, as a rule, because I am so easily fooled and I scream in the movie theater, which is embarrassing, and then have nightmares later, which is annoying.) Yeah, thats pretty much how Ive been feeling lately. Not because I am possessed, although you never know, but because WMG is producing so many terrific books I cant keep track of them all!
June is chock-a-bloc with romance and science fiction. Kristine Graysons fourth omnibus, The Charming Trilogy Vol. 2, comes out June 18. And later this month were publishing a Fiction River Special Edition edited by Kristine Grayson called Summer Sizzles, and boy does it in this volume. Sizzle, I mean. Nine tales of romantic suspense set in the sweltering, lurid kind of summer when inhibitions are thrown aside like a cheap dress and passion burns so hot it makes the night air billow with steam.
Then the Diving series latest magnum opus, The Renegat, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch,will be available for preorderunless you happen to be one of the lucky people who supported the Diving Kickstarter, in which case youll get the ebook at the end of the month.
Theres a new science fiction Storybundle coming called Space Travelers; WMG will have several works in that. Both Kris and Dean Wesley Smith are in it and you wont want to miss it.
Because, in case you hadnt noticed, no one writes science fiction like Dean Wesley Smith. And if you dont believe me look no further than the Earth Protection League series about a couple of elderly people living in a nursing home who periodically get zapped across the galaxy to protect Earth from danger. The novel, The Life of a Dream, and four short stories in the series will charm and delight you and leave you begging for more.
And if that doesnt convince you, some of the weirdest, most intriguing of Deans sci-fi stories are in Alien Vibrations: Five Strange Science Fiction Short Stories. Heres the description:
From two androids falling in lust on an alien planet to a story that spans generations, Deans science fiction reads like no other. Here he takes you along on an alien first contact to a movie, then jumps you a thousand years into the future to take a peak at a basic university class. The collection ends with a multi-generational story of looking for a lost gold mine and what finding it really means.
Funny, sexy, and just plain strange, these stories keep the reader turning pages.
And Im not even going to mention Buckey the Space Pirate and Poker Boy, two characters who are so wacky, so resistant to the normal rules of even fictional behavior, they have no counterparts anywhere in the Known Universe. Fact.
While Im at it, Id like to mention my favorite stories of Deans; the Bryant Street stories. They are kind of science fiction, and theyre kind of surreal; they take the reader into a dimension of their own that can be odd, or strange, or even kind of tender. Try out a few. A collection of the strangest will be coming soon. At least I hope so.
And now its time for me to say my prayers and hope my head doesnt twist off like Linda Blairs and go spinning into space. Of course, if it did, Dean would just write a story about it landing somewhere on Bryant Street