New releases–not all mine!

Lots happening on the publishing front in the near future! Of Myths and Men: An Anthology is now available for pre-order and will officially release on July 21. I’m hoping GR8 Greeks will follow in the next month or two, but I haven’t heard definitely. Our lovely and gracious editor, Caitlin L. McCulloch, has also just published the third book in her Francine the Monster children’s series, Francine Appreciates Art, illustrated by Rayan Turner.

In further Witty Word Press news, I’m involved in several more anthologies coming out in the next year:

  • FOUR, in which my character suddenly finds herself one of only four people left on Earth;
  • BC Now, modern adaptations of Bible stories–mine will be based on the Book of Daniel;
  • The Day Before, differing perspectives on August 5, 1945, the day before the bombing of Hiroshima;
  • and The Rough, a space Western anthology (YEEHAW!).

I do hope to get Loyal Valley: Diversion finished in there somewhere, but a lot depends on health and other work demands. (Your pledge on Patreon or donation through Ko-fi can help make it happen faster–the less I have to scrape for a living, the more time I have to write!) If you’d like to see some fun Loyal Valley content sooner, however, I’m participating in #WIPJoy on Facebook this month, hosted by Bethany A. Jennings.

I also want to plug a couple of non-fiction books by friends of mine that are also available for pre-order. If you already follow my Facebook page, you’ve probably seen a few videos I’ve shared in which O. Alan Noble discusses his new book Distruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age, published by InterVarsity Press. That comes out on July 17. And on December 6, Our Sunday Visitor will be releasing Amanda Martinez Beck’s memoir Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me.


News and Comments

Congratulations to the winners of my first Firstreads giveaway! Your books went in the mail yesterday. 🙂 I plan to have another (now that I know what I’m doing!) in advance of the release of Loyal Valley: Bystanders–probably in February, but I can’t promise yet.

Just updated the retailer list for Loyal Valley: Assassination: it’s now also available from Books on Main in Fredericksburg, TX! More to come, I hope–but of course, there’s also a long list of online retailers where you can order the paperback or purchase the ebook.

And speaking of ebooks, I regret that it looks like I will not be serializing The Order of the Silver Star with Liberty Island after all. All is not lost, however; Smashwords and CreateSpace are a very good Plan B, and depending on how things go in the next couple of weeks, I may serialize the first book, Look Behind You, here before releasing the full versions to retailers. (There might even be a blog-exclusive timestamp coming for that one, if I can get the plotbunny to cooperate….)

Here’s my current list of upcoming events for next year:

  • February 18: Author Talk, Lakeshore Library, Tow, TX, 2:30 p.m. Copies of Loyal Valley: Assassination will be available for sale afterward.
  • March 21-22: West Texas Heritage Days, Fort McKavett, TX. I still need to find out whether I’ll be able to sell books as well as calligraphy pieces, but even if I’m not doing author stuff, I’ll definitely be there demonstrating calligraphy.
  • April 5: Calligraphy class, Harker Heights Library, Harker Heights, TX, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. More details coming when I get them nailed down.
  • September 23: Author Talk to Friends of the Library, Kingsland Library, Kingsland, TX, 2 p.m. I don’t know whether this meeting is open to the public.
  • October 11: Fort Croghan Day, Burnet, TX. More details when I have them.
  • October 18: Llano Heritage Festival, Llano, TX. Again, more details when I have them.

And somewhere in there I’ll be releasing Look Behind You and Bystanders and working on the next book in each series… it’s gonna be a busy year. 😀 I am available for more speaking/signing events, though; email me (egwolfephd at outlook) if you’re interested.

And finally (in more ways than one), the issue of Christianity and Literature with my article is finally wending its way through the USPS to subscribers! If you’re interested but don’t subscribe, check with your local library; Christianity and Literature is available online through a number of databases like Academic Search Complete and Humanities Full Text.

Other publishing news

As some of you are aware, I don’t just write fiction.  I do write academic pieces from time to time.  One such is “The Greatest of These:  The Theological Virtues and the Problem of an Absent God in Supernatural,” a chapter I’ve contributed to On the Highway to Hell and Back:  Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural, edited by Susan A. George and Regina Hansen.  We just got word today that the collection has been accepted for publication by Palgrave MacMillan and should be out within the next year!

Another forthcoming academic publication of mine is “Þaʒ Hit Displese Oft:  Monastic Obedience in Patience,” which is scheduled to appear in the Summer 2013 issue of Christianity and Literature.  (Patience, for those who don’t know, is an anonymous 14th-century poetic homily on the subject of patience that has puzzled scholars for decades because its negative exemplar is… Jonah, the Bible’s poster child for disobedience.)  If you’re interested in reading it but your local library doesn’t subscribe to the journal, see if your library–or a state program like TexShare–subscribes to an online database like Academic OneFile.