Moonscapes StoryBundle

I was super excited when Dean Wesley Smith bought my SF short story, Moonfall for Fiction River: Moonscapes. Moonfall had been a story in my head for a long time (and a few false starts on paper). It’s my tribute to those intrepid little rovers on Mars, still carrying on a vision that began on July 20, 1969 with the Apollo 11 crew’s first steps on the moon. Moonfall reunites two scientists (and former lovers) that develop and launch DOV, an artificially intelligent rover on a one-way mission to the moon, Io to gather data. But the little rover affects its creators in unexpected ways as it unlocks Io’s secrets. 

And I was even more excited when Dean invited me to contribute an SF novel to a new bundle he is curating called MoonscapesThe bundle features work from several writers that contributed stories to the Fiction River anthology (Annie Reed, Maggie Jaimeson, and Matt Buchmann) and some other writers you might recognize: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Ron Collins, Blaze Ward, and Dean Wesley Smith.

 

My first SF novel, Rediscovery, is a romantic space opera. This is my second novel and it is only available through StoryBundle. It will launch in electronic and print versions from Elusive Blue Fiction in July. But if you’d like to read it early, it’s available for a short time through StoryBundle.

Here’s a short summary:

When his wife’s first contact mission falls apart in the Rim, Captain Quinn Sayre prepares to embark on a search and rescue mission to find his missing wife. Until the search and rescue mission turns into a grim recovery mission. Determined to bring her body home at all cost, Sayre must sign a third medtech to his crew or abort his mission to the uncharted world. And the only medtech up for reassignment in the whole damned quadrant is space shy ex-girlfriend Tarateal Roberts who hated him more than space travel. She’d rather shove him out an airlock than give him medical attention, but this deep space mission is her last chance to save her failing career. And get back home—to Earth.

And on top of all these awesome SF stories, a portion of the proceeds from this bundle goes to an awesome charity: AbleGamers. AbleGamers is an amazing charity that provides customized and assistive technologies to people with disabilities, allowing them to join their friends and family in playing video games. Bringing people together with technology and gaming. I have been a lifelong video game player since the days of arcade games and Pong. From Sierra Games and Infocom. Wing Commander to Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Wolfenstein and Doom to Bioshock and Mass Effect. And several MMOs. So I just LOVE that this bundle is supporting this charity and helping people with disabilities experience the joy of gaming that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy my whole life.

But if you’d like to read some wonderful SF stories by some very talented writers and help out your fellow gamers, check out this bundle! But hurry! The clock’s ticking on this collection.

Escapist Bundle and Story News

Just got back from a wonderful workshop on the Oregon Coast!

First up, some bundle news. Storybundle’s Escapist Bundle is in its second week of availability. My first novel, Isabel’s Tears (a paranormal romance) is just one of the many offerings in this bundle of stories. And a portion of the sales goes to Oregon’s wonderful education program called SMART which provides tutoring and books to thousands of young Oregon readers. So escape into new worlds and support a young readers with this offering from Storybundle!

Next, Fiction River: Tavern Tales (edited by Kerrie L. Hughes) is out with one of my latest stories, One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern!

Struggling with the break up of his marriage, a disillusioned cop investigates a missing persons report at the local tavern. But something isn’t quite right about the sultry piano player or the mysterious bartender that knows a little too much about him.

 

 

 

 

And…I have five new short story sales to report (wow, can you believe that? Five!). More news about these stories and publications later.

Safe Like Cedar, romantic suspense, sold to Fiction River: Summer Sizzles edited by Kathryn Grayson
Combination, crime fiction, sold to Fiction River: Editors Choice 
Death’s Other Cousin, contemporary fantasy, sold to Fiction River: Feel the Love edited by Mark Leslie
This Magic Moment, Young Adult fiction, sold to Pulphouse Magazine (yes, it’s back!) edited by Dean Wesley Smith
Trafficking Stops, crime fiction, sold to Fiction River: Spies edited by Kris Nelscott

Also, I have four more stories that will be published this year, so stay tuned for the next anthology, No Humans Allowed, edited by John Helfers—with my SF short story, Sense and Sentientability.

Fiction News

The day job has been overwhelming for the past six months, having to work extra hours and leaving little time for much else. Also, dealing with some writing events that really shattered my confidence (still climbing out of that well). Had two sick kitties this month. Murphy’s treatment for thyroid cancer is still wobbling between dosages, trying to get the right strength, but he had more claw issues this month, requiring an office visit. And Denali had to have five teeth removed, antibiotics, and a stay at the vets after he stopped eating. We were relieved the issue wasn’t mouth tumors (which are usually cancerous). He’s home though and eating again. And today is Murph’s 15th birthday.

I sold my short story, One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern to Fiction River: Tavern Tales. The volume should appear in late 2017/early 2018. Also, I will have a new story available in a May short story bundle that the talented and amazing Jamie Ferguson is curating. And I may have other new stories appearing in bundles this year, so stay tuned.

In February, I am the guest author for volume 11 of the Uncollected Anthology series. On February 1st, look for my short story, Jar of Souls in Uncollected Anthology: Bewitching Love. Here is a list of the stories in the volume, from six stellar writers whose work I greatly admire. I am thrilled to share a table of contents with these talented women.

Jar of Souls: Finding an unconscious man on the steps of her magical perfume shop is just the beginning of Seattle sorceress Avery Starling’s troubles. She’s drawn to Braxtan Rhodes, a handsome and intriguing youngSilverthorne-Jar-of-Souls-500x333 man who reeks of a strange dark magic that is slowly killing him. Pushing her healing air magic to its limits, Avery puts her heart on the line to battle a powerful Fey queen for Braxtan’s soul.

 

Available February 1, 2017 from these retailers:
Kobo | Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read about Avery’s older sister, Orriana Starling in Chocolate Alchemy. Magical chocolates, corporate takeovers, & stolen hearts in Seattle
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New fiction sales

I am thrilled to announce 4 short story sales and 1 reprint.

First up, Speechless in Seattle, my urban fantasy story that appeared in Fiction River: Hex in the City, edited by Kerrie L. Hughes will reappear in the anthology, Street Magicks, edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books.

Also, I have sold the following new stories:

Sense and Sentientability (SF) to Fiction River: No Humans Allowed edited by John Helfers
A Pearl into Darkness (crime fiction) to Fiction River: Justice edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Starfish at Ebbtide (YA fantasy) to Fiction River: Wishes edited by Rebecca Moesta
Goodnight, Madison (thriller) to Fiction River: Pulse Pounders 3 by Kevin J. Anderson

It’s been quite a week or so and I’m totally stoked about the sales and a reprint. These stories won’t appear until 2017/2018, so look for them sometime next year.

In novel news, still working on a book 2 for my Sundial Inn series as well as several books in a 6-book dystopic series. And a really awesome idea came to me on my last morning at the Oregon Coast. Not sure what it will be yet, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be a novel. So, working on that as well as another short story I started at my workshop.

So…things are going very well atm. 🙂

Novel Proof!

IMG_0302Look what arrived in today’s mail! The proof for my first novel, Isabel’s Tears! Holding a physical book in my hand for the first time…there just aren’t words. It will be out toward the end of July. I’m just thrilled…my first novel will finally see the light of day. At last! Did I also mention that I’m writing a sequel to Isabel’s Tears? Looks like the Sundial Inn has decided to give up more stories. Cassidy and Griff are going to have their hands full again.

Audiobook Preview: Christmas Interrupted

FR-Christmas-Ghosts-ebook-cover-webFree Audiobook Preview!
Listen to a preview of my new time-travel romantic suspense novelette, Christmas Interrupted
Appearing this month in the anthology, Christmas Ghosts edited by Kristine Grayson
Published by Fiction River
 
 

“A charming paranormal anthology.  Among the standouts are … Lisa Silverthorne’s Christmas Interrupted, a poignant tale of a woman who attempts to go back in time to save a young man from his grisly fate.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Cuddle up next to a crackling fire with some holiday music playing softly in the background, and lose yourself in eight amazing Christmas stories by a gang of super-talented, cross-genre authors. Not only are they heartwarming, but they incorporate mystery, science fiction, romance and ghosts!” – Romantic Times

 

New Short Story Sale!

I’m delighted to report that I’ve sold another story to Fiction River!  My story, Moonfall will appear in the Moonscapes volume that will be released in February 2014.  It’s science fiction, a genre I haven’t written much in lately, so I’m thrilled to have made this sale.  This marks my fourth sale to Fiction River.  Hope they’re not getting tired of me. 🙂

In other news, I’ve heard that my novelette, Christmas Interrupted, will be featured as an audio book from WMG Publishing after it appears in the Christmas Ghosts volume of Fiction River (released in October 2013).  It’s been a great year for short fiction sales for me.

I’ve got some new stories in progress.  One is an SF novelette.  No title or anything yet.  It’s all very rough, but I hope it turns out well.

Until next time!

 

 

New Stories

FR How to Save the WorldI’ve been swamped with work these last few months and have finally dug myself out after finishing my last deadline.  After a VERY long drought, I finally have some short fiction sales to report.  In March, I sold short stories to two Fiction River anthologies:  How to Save the World and Hex in the City.  How to Save the World will be out in May/June.  Hex in the City will be out sometime in the late summer/fall.  And I just turned in a romance novelette for a third Fiction River anthology called Christmas Ghosts.  So, look for Heaven Backwards very soon with Speechless in Seattle later this year.

I am so grateful to be a working writer again.  It’s been such a long time since I posted anything in the win column.  I hope this upswing will continue.  For now, I’m back to work on some spec deadlines.

The Novels Are Out

a pile o’ seals on the Oregon Coast, circa 2006

Got two of my novels updated and out the door this month.  Got a very nice personal rejection from DAW back in May on a book that I will probably sub to Elusive Blue Fiction.  Still doing that final pass on a third novel that I want to submit.  I’m still a little conflicted on where to send this last one though.  It’s romantic suspense (about a natural disaster) and I’ve always had a hard time deciding where to send this one.

It looks like Ron Collins and I are going to embark on a nostalgic Novel Dare in the fall.  Yay!  Can’t wait!  I haven’t written a novel in a long while and writing that first draft in a month is a blast!  I love that deep immersion in a world and that feeling of intensity from writing it in a concentrated block of time.  Doing a novel dare is a lot of fun with a partner, so I’m excited about this one. Now, I need to come up with some ideas to pursue. : P

Getting the final touches completed on a couple of long works (both novelettes!) that Elusive Blue Fiction will be e-publishing next month.  These two stories are some of my longest works. One is traditional/high fantasy, called The Needlewoman and the other novelette is a historical mystery called A Dark Gloaming Blue.  I’ll post covers here as soon as Elusive Blue Fiction has them available.

Okay, back to work for me.