elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Well, I've been added to one, anyway... Check the "Literature" link off of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FantasyContraception and you'll see Dry Tea mentioned! I am astoundingly tickled, giddy, and delighted to be on the page.

Of course, this means that even when I escape TV Tropes, I'll never truly leave... ;)
elizabethmccoy: Two youths on a rooftop. Text: All That Glitters (All That Glitters)
To ensure his sons' immunity to hostile potions, the Lord Alchemist defied tradition to marry the only immune woman for generations: a half-barbarian.

Jani's been hired to blackmail the Lord Alchemist into disinheriting his "mongrel" heir, Iontho. When she mistakes the heir for a servant, Iontho takes the opportunity to pose as her alchemically-loyal minion and seek information about her mysterious employer.

While the travel is worse than he'd expected, the company's better than either had hoped, and young hormones are fully engaged -- but can youth and unexpected skills defeat age and treachery?


(All That Glitters is an approximately 92,000-word novel, and has mature scenes.)


It is available for $3.99 at:
Amazon* (DE: 3,13 EUR, ES: 3,13 EUR, FR: 3,13 EUR, IN: 218.99, IT: 3,13 EUR, UK: £2,53)
Apple iBookstore
Barnes and Noble (Nook UK)
Blio (Blio does not allow linking; please search on name and title)
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony, Sony Canada
Versent




* Amazon may add VAT and/or additional fees to countries according to their arcane calculations (I've heard a total of $6.89 quoted for someone in .no). I know what I entered on the pricing page, but cannot predict taxes or Amazon fees. Sorry!
Set in the same universe as the Kintarans, but featuring the reptilian aliens who call themselves Mmsar, this is a slice-of life story.

Haatha Chaas'-Eighth is an Mmsar poet, content to live alone though his brothers all have families of their own and think he should have apprentices, too.

Unfortunately, someone left a clutch of eggs in Haatha's back yard, and now he's got to deal with hatchling Mmsar, which are no better than vermin at that age. But one hatchling, despite its lack of sapience, has an intriguing cunning -- and a bad attitude.

("Snips and Snails" is approximately 6,500 words long, and contains alien family patterns that may disturb humans.)


It is 99 cents, and is available from...

Amazon (and all the other Amazons, too)
Apple iBookstore
Barnes and Noble
Blio (links are unreliable; please search on name and title)
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Work For Hire is a legal term that means, "PERSON pays money, and AUTHOR gives them the copyright for this work. Forever."

If you are seeking to secure rights to publish something from an author, and you do not mean that you wish to purchase the copyright, then do not use the term, "work for hire." Do not breathe the term work-for-hire. Do not allude to it, save perhaps to say, "no, this is not work-for-hire."

I have done Work For Hire. I am happy with how that publisher has treated me and love them oodles.

But that was RPG writing, not fiction. More, that was using someone else's sandbox entirely.
Coli and her sister have gotten their ship out of hock, but without enough crew, the Choosaraf will slide back into debt. They need a Negotiator to help the merchant clanship recover -- and Coli will have to find one on her own, without her sister guarding her back.

Previously published as "Recruiting," in Shanda Fantasy Arts' Fantastic Furry Stories #2 and Sofawolf's Best in Show, this 6,700 word short story is a direct sequel to "Spoonfuls of Sugar."


Currently available at:
Amazon
Apple
Barnes & Noble
Blio (Blio uses dynamic URLs; please search on author or title. Sorry!)
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Versent

Coming Soon:

• Sony
elizabethmccoy: A scruffy woman, low-tech scene. Caption: Herb-witch (Herb-Witch)
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/222402070261665792/photo/1

I should note that M.C.A. Hogarth had a Kickstarter for drawing "sketches," one level of which was "you provide the prompt; I pick the color," so I shamelessly paid and said, "Fan art, please!" I didn't say which character, or which story, though.

I need to make a better picture of the drawing into an icon...
EDIT: I finally contacted them via their WHOIS obfuscation service, and the situation is handled.


I am posting this to http://www.ebookxp.com/dmca.php :
You have links to four of my books with a "$0" price on them. This price is not accurate, and as it may inspire Amazon to "price-match" wrongly, I must ask that you either correct the prices, or remove the pages.

http://www.ebookxp.com/bin/B007DCCVH8 (Should be $4.99, not $0.)
http://www.ebookxp.com/bin/B007DA177K (Should be $4.99, not $0.)
http://www.ebookxp.com/bin/B006PMRM5S (Should be $0.99, not $0.)
http://www.ebookxp.com/bin/B007R8G4J4 (Should be $3.99, not $0.)
http://www.ebookxp.com/bin/B0080KKOI0 (Should be $0.99, not $0.)

Thank you.

--Elizabeth McCoy

PS: Your Contact email address bounces.


They want 5 business days to process it. *mutter*
(Set in the Kintarans' universe, but featuring no Kintarans.)

Haatha Chaas'-Eighth is an Mmsar poet, content to live alone though his brothers all have families of their own and think he should have apprentices, too.

Unfortunately, someone left a clutch of eggs in Haatha's back yard, and now he's got to deal with hatchling Mmsar, which are no better than vermin at that age. But one hatchling, despite its lack of sapience, has an intriguing cunning -- and a bad attitude.

("Snips and Snails" is approximately 6,500 words long, and contains alien family patterns that may disturb humans.)


Available for 99c at:

Amazon (and should be available at all the other Amazons for approximately a US buck in the local currency?)
Apple iBookstore
Barnes & Noble
Blio
Diesel
Kobo
Inktera
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
400 words. Inspired by tuftears (livejournal).

Captain Daina sighed and watched the security feeds. )



[Irari are from Steve Jackson Games' GURPS Aliens, and used by permission.]
With apologies to Admiral Akbar...

Ahem. Anyway. I was reading some stuff on blogs, and it triggered me rambling (or maybe ranting) on my personal journal(s), and it's something that's actually got half a chance of being Meaningful and Authorial, so I figured I'd stick it here, too.

But I'll put the cut-tag in early. )
As mentioned in my Love the Smashwords Meatgrinder post, the best way to make the Meatgrinder happy is to have a clean copy. Use Word like a typewriter with Styles. Here's some more stuff about making a Clean Copy, and why it's important: http://jwmanus.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/my-computer-doesnt-like-your-computer-formatting-electronic-submissions/

I note that I disagree with one point -- I say, turn off curly-quotes/smart-quotes. If you use dialogue with a touch o' dialect in 'em, you may find the occasional curl that 'twasn't what you'd intended. Also, if you happen to be writing for a small press that will be turning your Word document into a Quark one (as I have in the past), smartquotes are one of the things that almost certainly don't translate well.
elizabethmccoy: A scruffy woman, low-tech scene. Caption: Herb-witch (Herb-Witch)
I have a review for Herb-Witch from Dear Author! I got a C. The review is, I think, quite a fair one. I have some things to try to remember for future books. (And, as I said in my more personal blog: be polite and don't fansplain, because the important part is for people to know if a book might be their cup of tea, or if they should avoid it. Whatever the grade/ranking/stars of a review, if it's detailed and fair, it gives people a chance to decide if they might like it.)


And Herb-Witch has also picked up a nomination in Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, on the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair forum, apparently run by Bards and Sages Publishing. It's a small nomination, but hey, it's pretty cool to have one! (Out of nowhere, too; I don't know who nominated me.)

Part of the nomination invited the authors to say things about themselves and their work. Here's the ten random facts I came up with off the top of my head.
elizabethmccoy: Crowned woman, dubious expression. Text: Queen of Roses (Queen of Roses)
Sarafina was content to be an accountant, insulated from the public as she kept the numbers behaving and played chess with her fellows. But when the First Daris Bank is bought out, her indenture is sold to a cruise ship and Sarafina is thrust into a job she was never meant for. Now she's dealing with a motley crew, drunkard captain, flirtatious first officer, fire-sale equipment, and worst of all . . . Passengers.

(Suitable for mid-teens and up. Queen of Roses is not in the same universe as the Kintarans.)

Currently available from:
Amazon, Amazon.AU, Amazon.CA, Amazon UK, Amazon.es, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.in, Amazon.it, Amazon Japan, and Amazon Brazil. (All in American English, of course; I don't have translations yet, alas.)
Apple iBookstore
Diesel eBook Store
Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Nook UK.
Blio (Blio does not allow permanent book-URLs; search on title and author at their main site.)
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords (Allows a 50% sample of this book!)
Sony ebooks
Versent

Reviews:
GoodReads
Shelfari
Ravens N'Pennies
iDreamBooks (no actual reviews as I enter this, but a percent rating that seems to like it?)

The first chapter may also be found at No Names, No Jackets, should the random number generator favor you. (Or go straight to its page.) Queen of Roses is filed as "SF."




This is the first full-length (100,000+ words) novel I ever wrote. (It's been edited since then, of course.) It is much fluffier than some of my later novels, though on a par with most of the Kintaran stories. Space opera universe, but the plot... not so much with the blasters. And Sarafina's expression on the cover? Priceless.
elizabethmccoy: Two white, felinoid girls look worriedly at each other. Caption: Leaping Lizards (Leaping Lizards)
In response to a prompt from livejournal's tuftears. 400 words. No previously-published characters.

Shell Game )

My Books

Mar. 13th, 2012 09:44 pm
elizabethmccoy: Two youths on a rooftop. Text: All That Glitters (All That Glitters)
There's really not much I can say that isn't implicit in the subject line. Follow the links to pages for either the story/book itself, or to a landing page for the "universe" in question, which will then link to the individual pages.

Science Fiction
     The Kintaran stories
     Snips and Snails
     Queen of Roses


Fantasy
     The Lord Alchemist stories
     Sweet Phantom


Or search for my books at your vendor of choice.
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
A list of the stories in my Lord Alchemist fantasy universe:

Plague, a prequel set approximately 20 years before...
Herb-Witch and Herb-Wife, the Lord Alchemist duology.
All That Glitters, book one of the Alchemy's Heirs trilogy.
Crucible, book two of the Alchemy's Heirs trilogy.
The Bear Prince, three folktales from the Lord Alchemist setting.
Legend of the Morning Star, another folktale from the Lord Alchemist universe. (Also available in Russian!)
I'm still dithering over-recoloring the cover, so no icon yet.

Shadow of a Memory is a direct sequel to Wahnt, though it can also be read first, or alone.
In the universe of the Kintarans, there are tall tales of what lies in the far reaches of space, some eerie and some merely odd. And sometimes the tales are tall indeed, but a pirate-hunting ship finds that they may also be true...


Available at:

Amazon, Amazon.AU, Amazon UK, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.in, and Amazon.it. (All are in English.)
Apple iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Blio
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
elizabethmccoy: A girl with a polar bear, titled "the bear prince." (The Bear Prince)
This was my first foray into self-publishing, and therefore needs a page of its own to document all the places that one can purchase it.
The Bear Prince (and other fantasy folktales) is a collection of three folktales from a fictional universe. When small magics are real, what stories do parents tell their children at night? What tales do storytellers spin, so their listeners will toss them a few coins? Find out, in "The Bear Prince," "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool," and "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight."


The Bear Prince's stories are drawn from the Lord Alchemist universe, but the Author's Afterword should provide any context that the stories themselves might lack.

Available at:
Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.in, and Amazon.it. (The stories are English, despite being sold in non-English countries.)
Apple iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Blio
Diesel
DriveThruFiction (PDF)
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
elizabethmccoy: A scruffy woman, low-tech scene. Caption: Herb-witch (Herb-Witch)
I have, at long-last, published my fantasy romance (...for some value of romance!) duology: Herb-Witch and Herb-Wife!

I'm very excited.

Herb-Witch

The Lord Alchemist must be immune to hostile potions. But in all the country, there are only two known immunes: Iathor Kymus, the Lord Alchemist, and his feckless brother, Iasen.

Kessa is a half-barbarian herb-witch, arrested for crimes she didn't quite intend. But when Iathor discovers her immunity to truth potions, he'll do whatever he must to court her. Guilty or not, she's his only hope of banishing his nightmare: a son enslaved to him by the loyalty potion that each Lord Alchemist's heir must drink, and defeat.

But Kessa doesn't trust him, Iasen despises her tainted blood, and there's still the mystery of who complicated Kessa's little crime into the bigger one she didn't intend. They don't even have the benefit of lust at first sight. All they have in common is the alchemist's immunity, and an ability to get on each other's nerves. Will it be enough?

Herb-Wife

The Lord Alchemist must be immune to hostile potions. But in all of Cymelia, there are only three with the alchemist's immunity: Iathor, his brother Iasen, and the half-barbarian herb-witch, Kessa.

Though Kessa is hardly the expected wife of a noble, Iathor has secured a betrothal - but his brother has vowed to prevent the marriage by any means necessary.

Iathor will do whatever he can to keep his wife, no matter what she's done or what his brother tries, but Kessa's own dark secrets may sabotage any hope of a happy ending.


(Both books contain mature situations.)



They are currently available from these fine ebook stores:

• Smashwords: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife. (50% of each is available to sample.)
• Amazon: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon AU: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.CA: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.BR (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.DE (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.ES (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.FR (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.IN (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon.IT (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon JP (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon MX (in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Amazon UK: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Apple: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Barnes & Noble (Nook): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Flipkart (India; in English): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Nook UK: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Blio: Blio does not keep permanent URLs for their products. Please search by author and/or title. Sorry!
• Bookworld (an Austrailian Kobo affiliate): Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife
• Diesel: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Inktera: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife
• Kobo: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Oysterbooks.com: Search for author/title in the app.
• Sony ebooks: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife.
• Versent: Herb-Witch, Herb-Wife

And, aside from the reviews on those pages (Smashwords and Amazon, primarily), people are talking on Goodreads about both Herb-Witch and Herb-Wife.





Sitting alone in the dark made it easy to tell when someone was coming, bringing light. Footsteps carried well, too, so far from the usual prisoners who waited for judging in the underground prison. Kessa'd had plenty of time to wipe her face, smooth her plain skirt, and sit up straight on the rough wooden bench.

She'd never been pretty enough to play the helpless child – not with a half-barbarian's black hair and coppery skin, and especially not with her eyes the way they were. Proper, stiff innocence, or dignified guilt, would have to serve.

She closed her eyes so she'd not be light-dazzled. There were soft words beyond the door, before it creaked open.
The Smashwords Meatgrinder, that is.

I have heard more fussing about that Meatgrinder, and I honestly cannot figure out why. There's a free book by the company owner about it, and yeah, it's long and confusing. That's not because the Meatgrinder is confusing or hard to format for, though. It's because Mr. Coker (the author) has the approach that he's got to hand-hold the authors through re-formatting, with the assumption that the text is just going to be a hot mess, formatting-wise. So he's telling people how to fix everything at the same time he's telling them what to fix it to, and there's no simple checklist, and he tells them how to fix it several times in different ways so the people who didn't understand the first explanation have a chance of understanding the next.

Needless to say, there's a bit of bloat there.And there's gonna be some bloat under here, by the standards of web-pages, so I'll put in a cut. )
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