You may recall my mentioning that a story of mine, “Snowblind,” was going to be published in the Bear Bones Books anthology The Bears of Winter. (Or maybe you don’t recall. That’s okay. Things come up; I get it.) The print edition isn’t due until November, but guess what? You can get the digital edition right now. Go to Goodreads and add it to your to-read shelf. Then, head over to Bear Bones Books to buy the ebook or pre-order in print.
It’s kind of funny, but even as a contributor, I can’t wait to read this anthology. It’s my first time writing a bear-themed story, and I did stretch the theme a bit with my story. I can’t wait to read how others tackled the concept. It’s one of the things I really enjoy about writing stories for Jerry Wheeler-edited anthologies: he comes up with some off-the-beaten-path themes and is open to interesting twists on that theme. For him, I’ve written about love on a train on Mars, grief and romance in a restaurant kitchen (along with some magical bread pudding in an homage to Like Water for Chocolate), and now romance with a bearish man on an ice planet at the edge of explored space (or, as we called it in emails to each other, “BEARS IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!”). I hope I’ll get the chance to write something “out there” for him again.
UPDATE: The Bears of Winter will also be available soon as an audiobook at Audible.com. More info on that when it’s live. Also, there’s a Facebook page set up for the book, which you can check out here if you like.
Lastly, look what arrived in the mail today!