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Publications…DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS release day; Contest Winner

Purchase “The Fullness That Love Began” in DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS today.

The contest winner from my pre-publication DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS contest is Eliza Reeve! Eliza, obviously I have your contact info and I know you pre-ordered DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS, but let me know your bookstore preference and I’ll get that gift card to you.

Yesterday, August 26, was release day for DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS from Storm Moon Press, which contains my short story “The Fullness That Love Began.” DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS is available as an ebook or print (though there’s a bit of a delay on the print version due to printing issues), and is an anthology about strong werewolf women and the women who love them.

“The Fullness That Love Began” is a special story for me and has had a twisty path to publication, and I am so glad it is now available.

Blurb: Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology Daughters of Artemis explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist.

Bounty hunter Toni McGowan has faced supernatural beasts that would send most running, but her latest assignment may be the toughest yet—playing babysitter to a New Ager wannabe. Jade Nicols, though, has a few secrets of her own, the darkest of which may just get them both killed.

Luna Rivers isn’t the most graceful of people at the best of times, and being stalked by shadowy figures and prowling wolves hardly qualifies. But after being rescued by the beautiful and sensual Syrene, Luna learns that there is more to herself than she’d ever suspected. She’s a werewolf, too, and in a whole new world of danger.

Andrea—Andy to most—is a pack leader in the forests of Washington state. Poaching in a nearby pack’s territory throws suspicion on Andy’s leadership. In order to find the truth, Andy and her mate Fiona find themselves forced into an uneasy alliance with Rafael, the other pack’s alpha.

Susan Runningwind is forty-five, but already strong enough to have earned a seat among her pack’s elders. Jesse Westfield is a documentary filmmaker investigating the so-called “Werewolves of South Dakota”. But when Jesse begins to get too close to the truth, Susan must make a choice between her pack’s welfare, and the growing attraction she feels to the younger woman.

Sasha is the first female in the kingdom of the shapeshifting House of Wood to be granted leadership of her own pack. The transition is hardly smooth, however, and Sasha winds up at odds with Aneira, her mate. Failure to maintain control of her pack would mean demotion and shame, but doing what she knows she must could drive Aneira away forever.

When werewolf Katya captures blind weretiger Yun alone in the wilderness, she sees only an opportunity to finally end the raging conflict between their two peoples. Yun remains loyal to the tigers, though, and as time passes, Katya finds herself less and less inclined to force the information from her. But when the fight comes to them, both will see their loyalties tested in the crucible of battle.

Purchase “The Fullness That Love Began” in DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS today.

Contests…Two Contests for DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS from Storm Moon Press (One Pre-Order, One Blogging)

DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS, an anthology of dominant werewolf women, comes out from Storm Moon Press on August 26, and I am thrilled about its release. My story in it, “The Fullness that Love Began,” is one of my favorites, and one I do plan to expand with a sequel. My darling kinky, bisexual werewolves, you have finally found a home. I wasn’t sure you would, for awhile, but now the drama of pack leadership and the hot threesome will be read.

Storm Moon Press is currently running a pre-order contest: All pre-orders will be entered into a drawing for a prize package containing a poster of the Daughters of Artemis cover art, a copy of the Daughters of Artemis paperback, and a $10 gift certificate to the Storm Moon Press store! In addition, everyone who pre-orders the ebook will be able to access it 48 hours prior to the official release date!

Additionally, if you blog about the book and the pre-order contest and then leave a link to it in the comments here, I will enter your name in a contest to win one of two prizes: a copy of DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS (ebook or print) or a $10 bookstore giftcard (to your favorite local bookstore if you have one, and if not, to your favorite online bookstore). You can earn up to four entries by doing the following: Blog it (drop me a link here), Tweet it (be sure to @mariecarlson so I see it), post on Tumblr (link me here or on Tumblr, I’m mariecarlson.tumblr.com), or publicly Facebook it (drop me a link here). I will draw a name on August 26, so be sure to spread this far and wide.

Werewolf Wednesday…LIKE A MOONRISE contest winner and Red Riding Hood

Happy Wolf Moon! The Midwest is currently being buried in snow, and when I look out the window, it definitely looks like a scene from a werewolf story. Delightful! (Despite the fact I hate snow.)

First, the random numbers have aphrodite_mine winning the LIKE A MOONRISE giveaway. I’ll send you a copy of the book via email; please let me know if you don’t receive it. (I also need to talk about the fun question she asked, but haven’t had a moment to sit down with it yet.)

Second, DreadCentral.com has a new trailer for Red Riding Hood, complete with “The Hand That Feeds” by NIN. I have written a number of werewolf scenes to that song and I really love it in the trailer. I can’t wait for this movie. It will be RIDICULOUS but I hope to enjoy every minute of it.

Third, is anyone watching the USA version of Being Human?

Publications…”Cycles” in Like a Moonrise from Circlet Press

The holidays, as amazing as they were, really threw me off schedule. I meant to blog about this on the release day, of course, but at least now I get to do a contest with the release information. See the end of the post for more details.

My story, “Cycles,” is now available in Like a Moonrise from Circlet Press. Here’s what the editors had to say about Like a Moonrise:

Shapeshifting is a powerful metaphor for eroticism, and in Circlet Press’s new ebook, Like a Moonrise, that metaphor is made central to these erotic coming-of-age fantasies.

Like a Moonrise is an anthology of six stories featuring original shapeshifters with a coming of age theme.The stories in this anthology explain what the werefox, werepony, and others face as they discover their own changes and the urges and instincts that come with it. Circlet Press moves beyond the now-common realm of vampires and werewolves to explore the sexual lives of different were-creatures with these stories.

Hilariously, I totally didn’t move beyond the realm of vampires and werewolves. I’m sure it’s quite a surprise to regular readers to know “Cycles” is about Anamaria, an eighteen-year-old werewolf going through her first transformation. In a world where werewolves live among humans but keep socially separate once they come of age, Anamaria faces turbulent physical and hormonal changes as her body, quite literally, becomes something new. From June’s Strawberry Moon to January’s Wolf Moon, Anamaria fucks and fights her way through changes that frighten and frustrate her and leave her doubting her own mind.

Transformation is never easy, but with the support of her two mothers and her girlfriend, if Anamaria can make it through, she’ll be left with a powerful legacy that, bloody and messy as it is, is her right down to her sinew and bone.

Remember back in November when I guest blogged at Midnight Seductions about writing werewolves and mental illness, Monster in the Blood: Writing Werewolves and Mental Illness? Well, I was thinking a lot about “Cycles” when I wrote it. In “Cycles,” I tried to turn a plot trope around; frequently, when a character “acts crazy,” it turns out that really, she was just supernatural all along. I wanted to write about a character who was both supernatural and mentally ill; sure, Anamaria has reason enough to doubt her mind and body as she goes through her first transformation into a werewolf, but she’s also struggling with sharp, potentially destructive mood swings. Though the others write it off as just what happens when she becomes a werewolf, that’s not the end of it for Anamaria. Though lycanthropy is a metaphor for mental illness that I love, and that I use to describe my own bipolar, it’s not always just a metaphor, and in “Cycles,” Anamaria is both a werewolf and is crazy.(1) Because people with mental illnesses aren’t a monolithic group that look and act in one particular way, and mental illness is not the only defining trait.

I hope you enjoy “Cycles”; I loved writing it.

I have one PDF copy of Like a Moonrise to give away. If you tweet about “Cycles” and the contest, using @mariecarlson so I can track it; mention “Cycles” and the contest in a blog post, commenting here with a link so I can track it; or leave me a comment here (talking about anything, but in particular I’d love to hear your thoughts about characters with mental illness), I will put your name in a drawing for that copy of the book. Each of those options counts as a separate entry, so you can enter up to three (3) times. On January 19, the full moon, the Wolf Moon, I will randomly draw a name. (Probably using one of my pretty, pretty gaming dice.) Do make sure if you comment here that I have a way to contact you!

(1) I realize that not everyone has embraced the use of “crazy,” and I actually usually hate it when people who aren’t mentally ill use it, especially when it is used as a pejorative. However, I have taken back its use when describing myself — at times — and when talking about my writing.

Publications…Win a copy of “Blazing Star” in Cast the Cards

As I mentioned here, my story “Blazing Star” will be included in Cast the Cards, a tarot-themed anthology based around the Major Arcana.

“Blazing Star” introduces a world where the supernatural lurks just beyond the edge of humanity. A secret group of humans, many with supernatural talents of their own, protect the world from the monsters. For a long time, there has been a balance, but uneasy portents and inexplicable deaths point to a dawning horror.

Enter Hope, a fortuneteller turned hunter, and Bea, a mindreader who keeps a safehouse where she offers sanctuary, succor, and protection spells to any hunter who needs it. Hope is her favorite, and though they spend much of their time apart, the love between them is as strong as ever.

When Hope needs a place to recuperate, she heads straight for Bea, but Hope’s vision of the future promises little time to rest for them or the hunters they must somehow organize to save the world.

Book Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. “Cast the Cards” is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore some of the powerful themes associated with the Major Arcana, all with an eye toward erotic romance with GLBT and alt-lifestyle characters and motifs.

“Cast the Cards” is an anthology containing: “Burn the Brightest” by Emily Moreton, “The Direction of Greatest Courage” by Erik Moore, “The Grief of the Bond-Maid” by Janine Ashbless, “Surrender” by K. Piet, “Blazing Star” by Marie Carlson, and “Oneiros” by S.L. Armstrong.

Right now you can sign up to win a copy of Cast the Cards at Goodreads here. The contest is open through October 15, so you still have plenty of time to sign up.