Purely Promotional: A Cat Rambo Christmas

Image of maneki neko cats to accompany a blog post about online classes from speculative fiction writer Cat Rambo.

Maneki Neko cats have become something of a trademark for me. I love their cheerful faces. You’ll notice one on the cover of Creating an Online Presence.

I hope everyone’s having a happy end of the year and that your festivities, in whatever form and fashion you celebrate them in, are merry and bright. If you’ve received a gift certificate for books or are gifting someone with books and want your purchase to include some of my stuff, here’s some of my recommendations.

Shattered Shields. This military fantasy anthology from Baen Books, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, which just appeared last month, contains my story, “Hoofsore and Weary,” about a beleaguered company of centaur soldiers trying to make their way back through enemy lines.

Unidentified Funny Objects 3. Edited by Alex Shvartsman, this third volume of the series of humorous fantasy and science fiction stories contains my tale of the woeful doing at a mythological condominium complex, “Elections at Villa Encantada.”

By Faerie Light 2, edited by Scott Gable includes my dark fantasy piece, “A Brooch of Bone, A Hint of Tooth,” which features a fairy princess of an unexpected sort.

Stamps, Tramps, and Vamps, edited by Shannon Robinson, holds my flash piece, “Summer Night in Durham.”

Check out this fabulous boxed set, Damaged Worlds, put together by Janine Southard, containing work by Janine, Louise Marley, Cecilia Tan, and myself.

Fiction River: Past Crimes, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, has my first non-speculative fiction piece in a while, a retelling of Andersonville events, “The Raiders.”

If you want a chunk of undiluted Cat Rambo writing, look to either of my short story collections: Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight (fantasy) and Near + Far (SF).

Along the same lines, I released a number of single short stories recently on Amazon. If you want ones that did not appear in either collection, check out the following:

  1. Aquila’s Ring (secondary world fantasy)
  2. Elsewhere, Within, Elsewhen
  3. Grandmother (space opera)
  4. Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart (steampunk)
  5. How Dogs Came to the New Continent (secondary world fantasy)
  6. Jaco Tours (horror)
  7. Karaluvian Fale
  8. Mirabai the Twice-lived (secondary world fantasy)
  9. Tortoiseshell Cats are Not Refundable (near future SF)

Like audiobooks? This year I released the audio version of Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, read by the fabulous Folly Blaine.

Or, if you’re a writer that’s interested in learning more about the online resources available to you, try my nonfiction book, Creating an Online Presence, which talks about using social networks and other Internet resources without letting all your time be consumed by them.

If you’d like to receive stories from me in your mailbox throughout the coming year, consider supporting my Patreon campaign. $2 a month nets you 2 original, unpublished stories a month for a year.

On a highly limited budget? You can buy 20 story reads for $5 on QuarterReads, a flash fiction site that’s got a lot of my flash on it.

Finally, if you’re interested in fine-tuning your writing and getting kicked in the butt to write, sign up for one of my classes. I’ve got a bunch coming up in January and February.

No matter what, thanks for your support and appreciation throughout the year. It means a great deal to me writing is a highly solitary past time and knowing there are people out there Reading the words I write, keep me going.

Want to know what to get me or any other writer on your list? Leave a review of something you particularly enjoyed on a book website, or recommend it to other people.

Here’s to a happy, productive, and peaceful 2015 for us all.

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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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