Volume 3: 1 June 12, 2016
Edited by Leila Monaghan
Last year, Elm Book produced one great new collection, Death and a Cup of Tea, and a beautiful second edition of Christmas is for Bad Girls, now available in paperback as well as e-format. Lots of news to share and looking forward to a great year ahead!
Introducing our first Indiegogo Campaign! Only four days left so please help. We are raising funds so that we can change the payment structure of Elm Books for our next cozy mystery collection, Death by Cupcake. We want to be able to give authors a lump sum of $100 rather than royalty payments. Any and all contributions welcome. Or just stop by to see the great video Jess Faraday put together for the campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-elm-books-create-its-best-anthology-yet/x/7635315#/
Our PR representative, @LilyCallahan, is now regularly tweeting for @ElmBooks. If you are on Twitter, please follow both accounts and pass on the news!
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Call for stories: Science Fiction
We now have a new Science Fiction editor, Leonie Skye. Welcome Leonie! Her first collection features heroic protagonists with disabilities. Drop her a note if you are interested.
Elm Books is looking for short story submissions for our first Science Fiction & Fantasy collection (DEADLINE EXTENDED until 8/31/2016). We hope this will be the first of an ongoing series. We are interested in short stories (no more than 15,000 words) featuring heroic PROTAGONISTS WITH DISABILITIES (broadly defined) and that fall within ANY SCIENCE FICTION SUB GENRE. Stories may be soft or hard science fiction. We are particularly interested in anthropological, feminist, and speculative work that will keep us turning pages in the wee hours. Please E-mail leoskye.elmbooks at gmail.com with your submission questions.
RTBookReviews.com: Death and a Cup of Tea
An interesting combination of very short mysteries. Some involve murder, some are just intriguing, one is set in the past, one in the future. Not all may be to the reader’s liking, yet for those who like something different, it can be found here.
A medical examiner is determined to find who killed a woman. In 1931 a head librarian must find out who is out to discredit one of her staff. The death of a tea house owner has a college student investigating. Her friend has died and Sofia can’t understand why he didn’t upload himself into the cyberget. A research mouse on a desk — how did it get there? Audrey’s making a deal and solving a murder. Getting rid of an unwanted member of the Tea Ladies may lead to murder. And a psychic prepares for a police interview when she is the last to see a man alive.
Reviewed by: Susan Mosley
Publishers Weekly: Christmas is for Bad Girls
No actual bad girls inhabit this happy holiday anthology—just feisty, sympathetic heroines, and heroes worthy of their love. Four stories are set in the present-day U.S., and two in Victorian England. Danger makes sexual tension run high in P.K. Tournes’s “A Partridge in Pear Treacle.” Love brightens a depressing holiday season in M.M. Ardagna’s “A Very Chunky Monkey Christmas” and a dreaded trip home in Lily Callahan’s “A Sprig of Holly.” In Yvette Franklin’s “Noisy Night,” single mom-to-be Maizy goes into labor on Christmas Eve, aided by her handsome gardener. In Jess Alynn’s “Mistletoe in Minnesota,” Emily inherits her aunt’s house and falls for the boy next door. A long wait ends with yuletide gladness when a long-lost cousin returns in Edith Elton’s “The Mad Hewitts.” Fans of quick, sweet holiday romance stories will savor this fine anthology.
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