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From awesome author/interviewer Dianna Gunn:
Today I am beyond thrilled to introduce RoAnna Sylver, author of Chameleon Moon, the first novel in a series that blends fantasy and science fiction. She’s been generous enough to share how Chameleon Moon came to be, so please give her a warm welcome! Blurb for Chameleon Moon: The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into …
An amazing recommendation list of 2016 SFF novels, and I’m incredibly grateful to be included/slightly stunned considering the company. Seriously, I’m hanging on to this/the TBR pile grows by the minute. Thank you so much!
From the Back Cover:
Living in a city whose population has been quarantined and imprisoned over an eternally burning lake of fire isn’t what most people would call a ‘normal life.’ Then there are the superhuman abilities. Thousands of people with wings, scales, telepathy, sonic blasts – ‘normal’ seems long gone. But life goes on. Eventually, everyone discovers that life within Parole is just as real, meaningful, fun, frightening, mundane, and survivable, as any other. Sometimes it’s just a little more super-natural.
This collection of seven short stories from the universe of Chameleon Moon gives readers a look at everyday life in Parole, and the colorful, memorable, and thoroughly human characters who call it home.
2. Happy REGARDS
4. Group Therapy
5. Phoenix Down
It’s finally happened babies. Parole is back. They said we started out in a blaze of glory… And now we’re walking through the fire again.
Truly, deeply, this is a Life Highlight, and also a Gratitude Highlight. ❤
The super short version, in case anyone is seeing this for the first time:
Chameleon Moon (Book 1 of a series!) is an already-acclaimed and very cool book about LGBT/polyromantic/ace/disabled/neurodiverse people with super-abilities surviving a nightmarish, dystopian city precariously placed over a permanently burning lake of fire – which is terrifying, but I tried to make it chock full o’hope/love/rock n’roll (literally, this edition has songs I’m gonna do) and basically a rejection of grimdark/depressing trends and an affirmation that we can survive anything, and in fact, already are.
It was originally published through an independent Northwest publisher who unfortunately had to close their doors earlier in 2016 (a notoriously brutal year for small/indie publishing houses)… but I’m nowhere near done with this universe or this story, and after the rights reverted to me, I went to work rewriting and re-launching the series. The Chameleon Moon series has (at least) five books planned, as well as several short stories, and I fully plan to carry it out, as well as, eventually, audiobooks, graphic novels, and supplementary music, art, and other multimedia projects with fellow guest artists. (In short… it’s gonna be fun.)
But first, The Second Edition. This is Book One – better, harder, faster, stronger. (Our work is never over… but oh, this is a good first step. <3)
This new edition has several substantial updates – same basic plot, but a great deal of the book has been rewritten. In very, very good ways I think. Some of these changes are just because I’ve grown a lot as a writer in 3 years, but most of them are because I am a happier/braver/healthier person, both emotionally and physically because I got several chronic illnesses treated. And wow, less pain = better writing!).
These include (but aren’t limited to; there’s a lot) on-page #confirmed asexual main character, Even More Poly than before (and it already had a superheroine lesbian triad), another main character using they/them pronouns (they were always nonbinary but now their pronouns fit them a lot better), and… just a lot more. The story is deeper, richer, more meaningful (to me personally, and those who have read it agree, if this means anything), and a lot more worldbuilding things/expanding/hinting at Book 2 (out in December!).
…I’m just happy. Everything has gone incredibly successfully so far (I mean ‘incredibly;’ I really can’t believe it) from the cover art contest to the reception, and I can’t wait for the short story compilation in November, and Book 2.
Thank you. So much. Wow. I can’t begin to thank you enough. But I’ll keep trying every day. (My work is never over. I’ll keep trying to make every word better, harder, faster… Your support and love makes me stronger.)
Would kill, die, and/or give eyes to be Mag in a show someday. ❤
Repo’s been a pretty important rock opera to me for a while. Both as a musical theatre person and chronically ill person. I feel Shilo really, really hard. (Why are my genetics such a bitch?)
So sometimes, after the angry, cathartic-as-hell rocking out is over… I need to remind myself to chase the morning. And anyone listening too.
This was incredibly fun. If complicated – but not in the way you’d expect. I swear, mixing this took around 5x longer than singing all 3 parts! And involved reconnecting with my old friend Audacity, because Garageband just refused to straighten up and fly right at some points! I used this lovely instrumental. Gosh, I love the interwebs.
This felt so good. Singing is healing. Have to do this more. Have to.
If I ever have a good pain day and sufficient spoons – because holy crap, it’s gonna take about 19… Chromaggia. Yes. (And hopefully, full videos of both.)
Yield for nothing. ❤