The Officer – coming June 28

Summer is here! Do you have a good book to read?

Well, I’ve got one for you! The Officer is almost here. Eleven science fiction stories examining the duties, challenges, and downright chaos of authority in strange places. It’s available for pre-order now, and drops on June 28.

From the back cover:

“Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility.

The stories are:

Duty by Alasdair Shaw
Patchworker 2.0 by M Pax
Totaled by Benjamin Douglas
Lucky Star by A R Knight
There Comes a Time by J J Green
Red Fortitude by Eddie R Hicks
Pithos by Mark Gardner
A Step on the Path by Tom Germann
Rituals by Rick Partlow
First Generation by Adrien Walker
The Grape Thieves by Corrie Garrett ** That’s me! 🙂

Summer Anthologies

Dean Wesley Smith calls summer ‘the time of great forgetting’ because it is so easy to get busy around the end of April and forget all about our New Years goals until September! (In my case, this goal is writing.) In an effort to stave off the forgetting, I decided to submit new short stories to a couple anthologies this summer.

I just found out that my short story, The Grape Thieves, was accepted. Woohoo! I am excited to work with Alasdair Shaw (author of the Two Democracies series) and the other nine authors who contributed to the anthology. It will be titled The Officer, and include eleven stories between 3-7k words. Similar to The Newcomer. Perfect for your lunch break or just as a compact evening read.

Looking forward to it.

Do you have any plans to avoid the time of great forgetting and make the most of your summer?

Corrie

Christmas Mega-Giveaway!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion
3-4 December 2016

This monthly event is on again this weekend. Over 100 authors have made their books FREE.

The best part: this promotion is NOT limited to Amazon only. There are pages for books on Kobo, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Smashwords.

This month, we have a contest to win $100 towards your Christmas bills. Get extra entries for referring your friends. Details on the page.

Click on the link above, or go to pattyjansen.com/promo!

Instafreebie promotion!

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There’s a great little site called Instafreebie where you can try out new authors for free. It’s similar to finding free ebooks on Amazon, but it’s more helpful to the author, besides offering Nook, Kobo, etc. I’m part of a big science fiction and fantasy promotion where you can pick just one book or all of them! I submitted a new Christmas fantasy romance called That Christmas You Remember. Enjoy!

Mash Story short list!

I dabbled in flash fiction last month and submitted a piece to Mash Stories (mashstories.com). Much to my surprise, I was recently contacted by the editor to let me know my story made it to their short list and is in the competition for their quarterly prize! Fun! Here’s the link and if you feel like voting for it, that’d be awesome too! (Everything has votes now, right?)

Also, as a teaser, it began as a chapter in my modern re-telling of Jane Eyre which should be coming out this fall!

New Release! Spo novella…

“Self,” I said to myself, “maybe you should try writing short form fiction. People say it’s Evaluate2flatSMALLgood practice and boy do you take FOREVER to write novels. (Yes, you can write one in a month, but then what do you do? You pick your toenails and drink hot chocolate and refuse to edit.) So, self, here’s the deal. Write a short story. Pull that tooth.”

So I started a short story. Which turned into a novella (at roughly 20,000 words), and it took me so long. 🙂 I don’t love writing fast for its own sake, but my life is so hectic that if I lose momentum, the chances of finishing are inversely proportional to the likelihood that a toddler pounding on the keyboard and sucking on the mouse will accidentally delete the whole thing (and all its back up copies). The odds of finishing STINK, is what I’m saying. So, I’m trying different methods to learn how to write faster.

My scientific conclusion: novellas are right out. (<-Read that with a British accent.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m quite proud of my little story! Writing a whole character arc in that little space forced me to really delve into tone and theme and character flaws and hit the beats. It’s one of the best things I’ve written, frankly, with one of my favorite characters, because of those constraints.

But man, it was hard. I felt like a baby trying to walk in a sleep bag. Does anybody use sleep bags for their toddler? They’re awesome, provide a good bit of room to wiggle but keep the kid from throwing off the blanket in the night. Anyway, sometimes my eight-year-old liberates the baby from her pack-n-play (’cause we’re cheap and never got the fourth one a crib or anything), and she toddles around in her sleep bag. Step, step, thud. Stepstepstep. THUD.

Where was I?

I don’t know. Anyway, new novella, favorite character, yada, yada, yada.

Thanks, have a great night.

Corrie