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Sorry I've been so lacking in updates! I was working feverishly to finish two different projects. (And I did, so yay me! The Winter Prince, a fairy tale, and a story for Halloween that I was going to put on Amazon, but it turned out a little different than I was expecting. So we'll see about that one. But it's so gonna have a familiar pun in the title. Because puns! Overly Familiar sounds good, right? Something.)

But this post isn't about them. This post is about some stories about Beings. Specifically a handful of short stories about Beings throughout the last century, from shortly after they first came out of hiding, to about now. You may have heard me mention these shorts before. I've been working on different ones for *years* now. And now here they are. Eeeee!



The Firebird and Other Stories

Magical creatures known as beings emerged from hiding amid the destruction of the First World War. Since then they’ve lived on the margins of the human world as misunderstood objects of fear and desire. Some are beautiful, others fearsome and powerful. Yet for all their magic and strength, they are as vulnerable as anyone when it comes to matters of the heart.

A firebird in 1930s Paris is drawn to a writer with a haunted past. Upon returning from fighting in the Pacific, a jaguar shifter finds a third-gender human on his doorstep. Early rock ‘n’ roll DJ Hyacinth the fairy shocks his listeners with his admiration for his quiet assistant. During the AIDS crisis, a gruff, leather-wearing troll dreams of a settled life with a mixed-species elf across the bar. An imp, who remembers only too well how cruel the world can be, tells himself he’s content to stay behind the scenes—if only his chaotic, impish magic would stop getting in the way. And a shy human tending his poisonous and carnivorous plants is convinced no one will ever want him, certainly not the handsome werewolf grieving for a lost mate. Human or being, all must overcome fear to reach for love.


Guys, I can't even tell you how cool it is, and how honored I am, that Dreamspinner agreed to publish a book made up entirely of short stories about my magical failboats in love. This is something I would never have dreamed of. In a way, it's my own little book of fairy tales and I am a super giddy dork about it. (No, really. I was distracting myself with writing projects, and now they are done, and I am basically flitting around giggling about this to myself. Like a weirdo.)

To celebrate the release day, Friday, September 18th, (a day, sadly, I will be working at the day job) I have queued up a whole bunch of interesting pictures and songs and posts of subjects relating to the short stories. I've queued up so many, in fact, they will probably last into Saturday as well. If you're interested, check out my Tumblr.  That's me, sweetfirebird. (ahaha my name will finally make sense to people.)

In addition to that nerdy party, on Saturday night (the 19th) I will be on Tumblr to answer any questions people might have, or if they just wanna hang out, or talk about non Beings things. I might even be tipsy on champagne, so obviously that is when people should ask anything they want to know. ;) Chatting on Tumblr is odd because of the format, but you can easily visit my askbox and say hello. It's the link that says Ask Me Anything. (But FYI I live in California, so I am on Pacific Coast time.)

In addition to *that*, you can always ask me stuff on Goodreads at the Ask the Author link. Just keep in mind that Goodreads does not notify me of questions in a timely way, so sometimes my responses will be slow unless I have Goodreads open in a tab--which I likely will that Saturday and Sunday.

This is so exciting!

And ooooh before I forget, Some Kind of Magic is now available on audiobook! SO MANY BEINGS! WE'RE SURROUNDED! Nerdy Beings party! History dorkiness! and Kazimir! My diva!

:)

Yeah okay. I will try to calm down now.

Woo hop!!!

Date: 2015-09-11 06:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So excited to read this!!!! Now i want to re-read Little Wolf, because i love that prickly guy, before the 19th. Woohoo!!

Re: Woo hop!!!

Date: 2015-09-12 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Is that to get you in the mood, or just because? :)

Date: 2015-09-11 08:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I have been counting the days for weeks! I love Beings stories. No need to calm down - I think you should enjoy every minute of it.

And you could announce release dates on the other stories you've finished lately. Then I could count down the days for those also. :)

Date: 2015-09-12 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Well Dancing Lessons is due out in January, I believe. And though I submitted The Winter Prince, it hasn't been rejected or accepted yet. So I don't know.
And if I decide I like the witches one (Oh, uh, I wrote something about witches) and I can get it edited and everything, it will go up around the beginning of October sometime.

Date: 2015-09-11 12:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sunakoyue.livejournal.com
WOOOO so excited for this anthology! I love your Beings series (#1 to #3) :D

Date: 2015-09-12 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
I hope you enjoy it. :):)

Date: 2015-09-11 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kris-t-p.livejournal.com
I'm so excited!! I can't wait to get my hands on these stories. And, thank you for setting up all the fun stuff over on tumblr for me to flail about that day.

Date: 2015-09-12 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Well I think most of the stuff I queued (which hopefully queues up correctly. You never know with Tumblr these days.) is just interesting or cool. But some of it will appeal to people once they'd read everything.
I mean, I hope it does.

Date: 2015-09-12 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orbisonblue.livejournal.com
You're adorable. And I am so looking forward to being able to read about Kazimir, and Tank, and Diego, and everyone else, you don't even know.

Date: 2015-09-13 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
I really don't think this will be hugely popular, or even popular, but aaahhh my very own book of (sort of) fairy tales. yay!

I am so excited to think of you reading them! And then I wanna nerd out all over the place!

Congrats

Date: 2015-09-13 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Congrats on the upcoming release! I'm a big fan of your Beings Universe so I'm looking forward to these stories.

Jbst

Re: Congrats

Date: 2015-09-14 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Thank you! I hope you enjoy reading them. :)

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