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There are so many things going on in the CGP world, we decided a newsletter was in order!

1. CROSSED GENRES #30: LUCK RELEASED
2. CG MAGAZINE RE-OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS
3. CGP TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH EBOOK RETAILERS
4. SCIENCE IN MY FICTION CONTEST 2011: OFFWORLD
5. READERCON


CROSSED GENRES #30: LUCK RELEASED

CG Magazine’s 30th issue is out! There are 5 remarkable stories of LUCK to read for free on the website:

How the Goddess Came to Spring Flowering Valley by Andrew Penn Romine
Little Magic by Tom Howard
Luck Be a Lady by Amy Sundberg
Paid by DeAnna Knippling
I Can’t Imagine by Sandra Wickham

Please read, enjoy, and let the authors know what you think with a comment!


CG MAGAZINE RE-OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS

We are once again open to submissions to the monthly magazine!

The May theme is Heroes & Heroines! Please read the submission guidelines here.


CGP TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH EBOOK RETAILERS

Titles from Crossed Genres Publications from now on will be available via all the major online ebook retailers!

Our 4 current major titles:

A Festival of Skeletons by RJ Astruc
Crossed Genres Quarterly 1
Crossed Genres Year One
Crossed Genres Year Two

…are now all available from Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble PubIt and Apple iBookstore, and will soon be available from Sony, Kobo and more!

All future titles, including Crossed Genres Quarterly 2 (Release: 6/1/11) and Kelly Jennings’ Broken Slate (Release: 7/15/11), will be available through the same channels.

For more information about our titles & distribution please visit our catalog.


SCIENCE IN MY FICTION CONTEST 2011: OFFWORLD

The Science in My Fiction blog has officially announced the 2nd annual short story contest! Short stories between 2,000-6,000 words will be considered by our judges panel:

Tobias Buckell – Author (NYT Bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol)
Liz Gorinsky – Hugo-nominated editor, Tor Books & Tor.com
Cameron McClure – Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Joan Slonczewski – Campbell Award-winning author; Professor of Biology
Lavie Tidhar – Author (The Bookman, Camera Obscura)

The winning story will be paid professional rates (5 cents per word) for the story to be published in the 2011 Science in My Fiction anthology! Prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too!

This year there’s an additional twist: All stories must be set off Earth! Please read the submission guidelines for more details. Submissions will be accepted from June 1 through August 31.


READERCON

Speaking of Crossed Genres Quarterly 2 and Broken Slate: Both will be available at ReaderCon, where CGP will have a table in the Bookshop! ReaderCon will see the official release of Broken Slate in print and ebook!


We have so much more coming over the next several months, but we’re not quite ready to announce any of it! Expect more excitement in the near future!

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We’re thrilled to announce that Ben Greene‘s brilliant art A Deafened Plea For Peace, which was featured on the cover of Crossed Genres’ Issue 21 (Invasion), has made the shortlist for the British Science Fiction Association‘s 2010 award for Best Art! Huge congratulations to Ben!

Here’s the official announcement.

“A Deafened Plea For Peace” was one of six pieces selected from the long-list of nominations (Partial long-list here). Also on the long-list for Best Art was Tânia Sousa Ribeiro’s piece Our Hell, which was the cover of Crossed Genres issue 17 (Antihero). RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons was on the long-list for Best Novel. Congrats to Tânia and RJ as well!

The winners will be announced the evening of Saturday, April 23rd, at a ceremony hosted at Eastercon. If you know any BSFA members, put in a good word for Ben! ;)

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Crossed Genres is proud to officially release RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons!

When Kamphor’s west end sees a series of prostitutes murdered, its citizens are fearful that a serial killer known as the Knife has returned. But the mortician Sink, owner of Kamphor’s finest morgue, doesn’t believe that the Knife has resumed killing – and he’d prove it, if his former student and current hateful rival Damien Torvault wasn’t getting in the way.

Sink and his two apprentices, handsome-if-loony Joshua Finkle and merkind Vona Urgarth, investigate the murders on their own. Sink’s ability to tell exactly when and how a person will die just by touching them earns him no friends, but it does yield some interesting clues – as does Sink’s other gift. The one which incites him to wear women’s clothing.

The investigation is further complicated when Joshua’s time is taken up running a 15-Step program, and Vona becomes intrigued by a repugnant yet strangely irresistible cook. Even Sink’s next-door neighbor, Policewoman Arifia Fowles, seems hell-bent on not just hindering Sink but arresting him, regardless of a crime.

But Sink presses urgently on, because he senses a strangeness in the air: the magic-smell of necromancy, a magic that has long been illegal in Kamphor… for it requires human sacrifice.


“If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!”
-Jean Johnson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sons of Destiny series

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…like a love child of Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin – a pacy, intelligent comedy novel that’s crazier than a cat on catnip … Highly recommended.”
SciFi & Fantasy Books

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“The plot follows an even pace with plenty of surprises that are perfectly foreshadowed. I was kicking myself that I didn’t catch on to them earlier, but I was amazed at how wonderfully put-together this story is.
Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy

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“R. J. Astruc is fortunate that I don’t know where she lives. Otherwise I would be besieging her domicile and demanding, with money and menaces, a sequel…”
Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

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You can read the first three chapters of A Festival of Skeletons for free!

A Festival of Skeletons is now available in several formats. Please consider picking up a copy of the novel reviewers have called “…a must-read. It’s a cruel, humorous page-turner for the wicked at heart.

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TITLE: A Festival of Skeletons
Author: RJ Astruc
Publisher: Crossed Genres
Pages: 175
ISBN-13: 978-1453757352
ISBN-10: 145375735X
Release date: December 1, 2010
Edited by Kay T. Holt
Cover Art by Jonatan Iversen-Ejve
Design & layout by Bart R. Leib

* Zipped bundle contains 7 DRM-free formats: EPUB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PDF and PRC.

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There are just five hours left to preorder RJ Astruc’s A Festival of Skeletons:

If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!

~Jean Johnson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sons of Destiny series

Also available in the preorder: Crossed Genres Year Two!

Preorder A Festival of Skeletons! Ebooks are just $4, print copies start at just $11, shipping included!

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Also: After today, the LGBTQ issue of Crossed Genres will no longer be available to purchase:

Print copies and ebooks are available, all discounted!

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Only one day left to preorder RJ Astruc’s A Festival of Skeletons:

If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!

~Jean Johnson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sons of Destiny series

Also available in the preorder: Crossed Genres Year Two!

Preorder A Festival of Skeletons! Ebooks are just $4, print copies start at just $11, shipping included!

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Just one week left…

…to preorder RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons!

“I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!”
~Jean Johnson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sons of Destiny series

A Festival of Skeletons will be released on December 1. Preorders are open through October 31! Bundle it with our new anthology, Crossed Genres Year Two, and save even more!

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…to purchase a copy of Crossed Genres issue 12: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Queer! After October 31 the popular LGBTQ issue of Crossed Genres will come down from the website, and will no longer be sold. Print copies have been discounted to $6 (Amazon or Createspace), and you can pick up a digital copy for just $1 (PDF or PRC)!

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…to submit a story to the Celebration issue! This issue is the first one edited by the new team of Jaym Gates and Natania Barron! Show them you know how to party – or at least, your characters do!

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…until the Characters of Color issue (#24) is released! This is a really remarkable issue, with 11 excellent stories, 2 fascinating interviews and some stunning artwork. We can’t wait for you all to see it!
The Characters of Color issue releases the same day that Apex Magazine releases its Arab/Muslim themed issue! Be sure to check Apex out as well!

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We just received this great blurb about A Festival of Skeletons:

“If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!”

Jean Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series

And here are a few more reviews. Overall the critical response to Festival has been wonderful! Remember, there are only 9 days left to preorder the novel!

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[A Festival of Skeletons] is populated by cross-dressing morticians, monomaniacal police, a cook with charisma and zombies, courtesy of a soupcon too much necromancy, delivered within a deftly told story populated by characters that I cared about. And more importantly, A Festival of Skeletons is a fun read – so much so I was most disappointed when I finished the book.

R. J. Astruc is fortunate that I don’t know where she lives otherwise I would be besieging her domicile and demanding, with money and menaces, a sequel…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

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…perhaps this is the novels’ truth: no one is perfect, and heroes are more often than not unlikely. This is not just a moral tale, though; it unpeels layer after layer of geographical, social and character detail like a magical onion of narrative possibility, revealing plot layer after plot layer, and finally stands revealed as a raw, painful core of love and loss, and the lengths people will go to, to seek peace from emotional wounds and scarring.

The Future Fire Reviews

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A Festival of Skeletons (A) is a very entertaining and clever novel, fully living to its billing as a dark but funny fantasy, while the author’s obvious writing skill made me a big fan…

Fantasy Book Critic

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The final two chapters of RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons are now available to subscribers! The Big Finish is here!

Subscribers can go to the Subscriber’s Area to read the exciting conclusion!

A Festival of Skeletons is now available for preorder: ebook as low as $4, print copies as low as $11, shipping included! The novel will officially release on December 1.

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There is a new review of RJ Astruc’s A Festival of Skeletons, this time from Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy:

A Festival of Skeletons is a character driven novel that had me cracking up left and right. There are plenty of sex jokes that get a bit old after a while, but overall, there’s witty banter and a wonderful flow to the novel that’s … reminiscent of Susanna Clarke’s Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel.

The plot follows an even pace with plenty of surprises that are perfectly foreshadowed. I was kicking myself that I didn’t catch on to them earlier, but I was amazed at how wonderfully put-together this story is.

Go here to read the entire review.

Preorders for A Festival of Skeletons are now open! We’re at two thirds of our goal!

Read the first 3 chapters of A Festival of Skeletons!

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There is a new review of A Festival of Skeletons out on SciFi & Fantasy Books, and it’s quite glowing:

A Festival of Skeletons is like a love child of Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin – a pacy, intelligent comedy novel that’s crazier than a cat on catnip, with excellent characterisation that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Highly recommended.

Go here to read the entire review.

Preorders for A Festival of Skeletons are now open!

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The Crossed Genres Kickstarter drive for preorders of A Festival of Skeletons is now open!




A Festival of Skeletons
by New Zealand author RJ Astruc is a remarkable novel of zombies, necromancers, merkind, serial killers and cross-dressing. This 78,000-word novel has been serialized for subscribers on the Crossed Genres website, and now it’s being published in its entirety! (175 pp., trade paperback)


Read the first three chapters of A Festival of Skeletons for free!


The official release date of A Festival of Skeletons will be December 1, 2010, but people who pledge to the Kickstarter will have your copies shipped early!


Print preorders are just $11 USD, shipping included ($15 outside US/Canada), and ebooks are just $4! Plus there are little extras for each level of pledge.


You can even get A Festival of Skeletons bundled with our anthology, Crossed Genres Year One: just $8 for ebooks, or $19 for print ($27 overseas)!


Please visit the Kickstarter page for more information, and pick up this amazing novel. And help us out by spreading the word!


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