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A thoughtful review of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR is up on the Tangent magazine website. My favorite bit:
This time travelogue of fantastical tales born of myth and steeped with legend and lore is a leisurely, accessible read. Editors Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray have put together a unified anthology of tales while preserving the unique voice and writing style of the individual contributors. Entertaining, thought provoking, and fun.

Since this is exactly what we were trying to do, I couldn't be happier.
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Co-editor and partner-in-crime Joshua Palamtier ([livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow) is running a review contest for AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. To enter, post your review somewhere on the interwebs, then go to Joshua's blog here to post a link to the review.

The contest winner will receive a bag of the extremely rare AFTER HOURS M&Ms candy. Plus an autographed copy of AFTER HOURS, but really, it's the chocolate that's the main attraction, I understand.
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I've spotted three reviews so far, including one on Amazon from someone who'd never read anything by our authors before, but wound up enjoying the collection very much.

April Steenburgh's review here or on her LJ here.

Clare Deming's review at scienfictionmusings.blogpsot.com here.

Amazon.com reviews here.

Anyone else seen a review in the wild that you'd like to share?


Mar. 20th, 2011 06:47 pm
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Thanks to everyone who came to the AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR launch party on Saturday and helped make it a success. We had lots of fun, though I talked myself hoarse by the end of the evening.

To call this year's convention disorganized is to be charitable, but despite the issues, the people who came to the con were determined to have a good time and indeed we did.

And now, alas, the workweek looms.
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We'll achieve critical mass this afternoon when five Ur-Bar authors descend upon the Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY for a signing. It's going to be tons of fun so if you're in the area be sure to stop by. Most stores only manage one or two authors, having five in captivity makes this event something you don't want to miss.

We'll be there from 1PM to 4PM today (March 5th).
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Happy Book Day to Me! And to Joshua, Benjamin, Sam, Jennifer, Barbara, Maria, Kari, David, Seanan, Juliet, Laura Anne, Ian, Avery, Jackie and Anton!

AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR goes on sale today! I still can't quite believe that they let Joshua and I be editors. It was the most fun you can have (legally) short of rounding us all up at the same con bar.

After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray
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Barnes & Noble (bn.com) is now shipping copies of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. My preorder hasn't shipped yet, but a friend who placed the order yesterday received a shipping confirmation, and if you check their website it says "usually ships in 24 hours" as the status.

The book is in the warehouse which means it will be showing up in stores shortly.
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Just two weeks left till the official on sale date. Have you preordered your copy yet?

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My author introduction is up on the ur-bar blog this morning click here to view. And check out the other author introductions being posted--I think you'll agree that Joshua and I assembled an outstanding group of authors for the anthology.

And you can all act as witnesses that Joshua has promised to be my boy toy....
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It's alive! Through the mysterious workings of fate we received early copies of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, and are still bouncing with glee.

Joshua Palmatier gave me my copy last week (at a bar, naturally) then swore me to silence until we could present a copy to Avery Shade at our next writers' gathering. Last night Avery got to experience that first time thrill of opening a book, seeing your name on the pages, and going "Eeek! That's me! I wrote that!"

Meanwhile, Joshua and I were going "Eeek! This is ours! We edited this!"

All of which was accompanied by pizza, red wine, chocolate and beer. Or, in other words, a typical meeting of the Binghamton critique group.

For the rest of you, the book goes on sale on March 1st. Preorder your copy now--it will be the collectible of the season, and a can't miss gift for St. Patrick's Day.

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I feel I've been slacking a bit when it comes to promoting the release of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. This fact was brought home to me at my dentist's this morning, as the cheerful hygenist announced "Joshua was just in here the other day and dropped off a postcard for your anthology." So yeah, Joshua gets major marketing promo points while I'm a slacker. A slacker with a cavity, no less. (My first in 30 years, but I digress.)

So for those who are anxiously awaiting March 1st and the release of the anthology, over on the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar livejournal site Joshua Palmatier is posting a series of author inroductions. If you're not already subscribed to the blog, check it out.

There are a number of events planned to promo the book, including:

  • A signing at Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY on March 5th

  • A signing at Flights of Fantasy bookstore Albany area, NY on March 13th

  • A release party at Lunacon on March 19th

  • A reading at Africa House in Endicott, NY on April 28th

More events will be announced here, or on the After Hours website.

Various authors and editors will also be free range this spring, making appearances at various conventions and booksignings. We'll publicize their appearances on [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar as we confirm.
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Most people have anxiety dreams about showing up naked in high school. Sci-fi writers have anxiety dreams about showing up to a con unprepared (while near-nakedness might not raise eyebrows at a con, wandering around without a badge trying to convince people that yes, you are in fact AuthorName would.)

And on that topic, I'll be attending Lunacon in March in conjunction with the launch of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. jpsorrow and I are hoping to have a launch party, stay tuned for details.

Two other bits of news--

  • The first review of the AFTER HOURS anthology is available here or on Goodreads.

  • Check out the new AFTER HOURS website where you can find the latest news and schedule of signings and readings.
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Joshua Palmatier jpsorrow and Patricia Bray are thrilled to announce that their new anthology project THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY was sold to DAW books.

The Fae are among us. This anthology will celebrate and explore how the Fae have adapted to the modern world and the increasing hordes of humanity that plague it. What if that tall stranger sitting next to you on the airplane is really one of the Fae? What about the CEO that you never see with the office on the top floor full of trees? And what happens when a fairy ring appears in a rooftop garden in central New York City?

The anthology is invitation only, and we've lined up an extremely talented crew of authors who plan to submit. Stories are due March 1st, and our best guess is that the anthology will be published in 2012.

Josh and I had a blast editing the Ur-Bar anthology project, and we're looking forward to reprising our roles as ringmasters alligator wrestlers lords of chaos co-editors.
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Kicked off the weekend with a writers group meeting last night, where one of our members revealed fabulous news. Much time was spent bouncing up and down with glee. Alas she's not ready to go public, but when she is, we're planning a proper celebration.

Need to finish proofing the galleys for AFTER HOURS, then getting together Sunday with Joshua to collate our changes. Having both of us independently checking the entire manuscript, plus each of the individual authors looking over their own stories, should ensure that we catch as many mistakes as humanly possible.

And oh, yes, I'm also finishing polishing up the new proposal so I can send it to my agent.

Other than that, a lazy quiet weekend planned. :-D It's been that kind of month, so it's no wonder that I haven't read a single page of published fiction since October.
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Cover art just came out for the anthology, so without further ado:

Cover for AFTER HOURS: Tales from the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray

Available March 2011 from DAW Books, featuring fifteen stories from an outstanding collection of drinkers writers.
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We're officially announcing the lineup for AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. Co-conspirator jpsorrow is posting a list of titles and authors, but I've decided to mix things up a bit.

Below in column A is a list of authors. In column B is a one sentence description of the stories. Take your best guess at figuring out who wrote what, and post your answers in a comment to this post. First one to guess them all wins everlasting fame.

1) Anton Stouta) Condemned by the gods to spend her life serving others, the alewife Kubaba tricks Gilgamesh into taking her place as the undying guardian of the Ur-Bar.
2) Avery Shadeb) In a future world terrorized by zombies, one bouncer discovers that letting someone in after hours may be the worst mistake of his life.
3) Barbara Ashfordc) When the Ur-Bar appears outside Hedeby, Odin can’t resist “helping” introduce the bar to the locals . . . with a typical Viking brawl answering the question of why the Vikings had no bars.
4) Benjamin Tated) Condemned to purgatory—a hallway full of closed doors—a young woman’s ghost stumbles into the Ur-Bar where she finds the courage to open one final door . . . and face her own Judgment.
5) D.B. Jacksone) The Holy Roman Emperor Otto secretly visits the Ur-Bar in order to pledge his allegiance to Mars, the God of War, but when Otto breaks the bargain he pays the ultimate price.
6) Ian Tregillisf) A traveler from a dying future is sent back to 1987 in search of the genetic samples that will save her people, but instead finds herself seduced by the uncivilized past.
7) Jackie Kesslerg) Transformed into a dog by the Queen of Faery’s curse, Tam Lin finds the cure he seeks in the Ur-Bar, but discovers there’s more to becoming a man than changing his shape.
8) Jennifer Dunneh) In World War II’s London, a young sapper with the Sight finds redemption and glory in the heart of an unexploded bomb.
9) Juliet McKennai) A team of fencers arrives in Paris for the 1924 Olympics and during a night out on the town one of the athletes discovers there’s more to life than fame and glory.
10) Kari Sperringj) In feudal Japan, a young woman in hiding from the samurai finds work at the local bar only to be forced to face her past when a supernatural kappa—a water vampire—takes up residence in the local lake.
11) Laura Anne Gilmank) In the years before the Great War, two young travelers find themselves stranded in an Austrian village, where they encounter both hatred and kindness . . . and a lesson that will change the course of their lives forever.
12) Maria V. Snyderl) Personal maid to the king’s favorite mistress by day, and secret satirist by night, Thais will sacrifice everything to save a friend who has been accused of witchcraft.
13) Patricia Braym) In 1899 San Francisco, a young alchemist is forced to wake the Winter Queen weeks ahead of time in order to save her from death.
14) S.C. Butlern) In eighteenth century Boston, a desperate woman comes to the Ur-Bar seeking a love potion but brings more to the casting than she expected as her own bitterness fuels a fire that threatens to destroy the city.
15) Seanan McGuireo) George Harker hunts demons in eighteenth century Europe, but when he discovers an immortal bartender he finds he has finally met his match.


Jul. 1st, 2010 08:01 pm
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Back in my Regency days, my editor invited me to participate in one of Zebra's holiday-theme anthologies. Specifically a Halloween Regency collection, where each story had to feature a kitten. I was a new author but nonetheless had the presence of mind to point out that Halloween wasn't typically celebrated in Regency England, an objection which he brushed aside as an unimportant detail.

And so I wrote the novella Charlotte's Kitten for the collection BEWITCHING KITTENS. And it sold. And sold. It earned out immediately and then they sold foreign rights which kept selling and selling. In fact, the German language editions are still in print and available on Amazon.de

And that was my only venture into the short fiction market. Until today, when I signed a contract for my short story LAST CALL which will be included in the After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar anthology. My close relationship to both co-editors was obviously the deciding factor in my decision to join this anthology project.

LAST CALL by Patricia Bray: George Harker hunts demons in eighteenth century Europe, but when he discovers an immortal bartender he finds he has finally met his match.

I'm thrilled with the collection of stories that co-conspirator (and fellow contributor) jpsorrow and I have put together. Expect more announcements to come as the participating authors sign their contracts and step into the limelight. And stay tuned for the book's release in March 2011--with this cast of characters, the signings will be legendary.
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We're not quite ready to release the contributor's list for the AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR anthology, but last night as we went through the author bios, we did a headcount and found a surprising fact. We knew that the anthology was tilted towards female contributors but the final ratio is 2:1 in favor of the women, higher than we'd expected.

The original invites were sent to a small group of authors, and as we recall the invitees were fairly evenly divided between male and female authors. The list of authors who agreed to participate was skewed female, then after dropouts and one final addition, we wound up with our 2:1 ratio.

Given that theme of the anthology is stories set in or around bars, I'm a bit surprised by the results. Of course it's impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions from a sample size of one, so we'll need to edit several more projects before we can establish if this is statistically significant trend :-)
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Co-editor jpsorrow spotted that we've gone live on Amazon AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. Alas my name is misspelled but at least there's plenty of time to fix before the book comes out.

In case you haven't noticed, we're really excited about this project. Just a few weeks left to whip everything into shape an then it's off to DAW.
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Yesterday during the day I read the last of the anthology submissions, and then last night partner-in-crime Joshua and I got together to go through all of the stories. A marathon session, those who know us will be shocked to realize that we went for over two hours before realizing we had yet to break into the chocolate.

The quote that kept coming to mind was one from Return of the Jedi ("Everything is proceeding exactly as I had foreseen") as we realized that our original estimates for average word counts, number of dropouts, etc., were right on target.

We're very happy with the stories submitted, and it's going to be a great anthology.

Interestingly we agreed on almost everything. I'd thought there would be more conflict, since our tastes in books are overlapping not identical. But we both had the same list of favorite stories, both agreed on which author had surprised us most (in a good way). There was one story that resonated more with me than with Joshua, but other than that, we were the most complementary of co-editors. If this was a Project Runway team challenge, we'd spend our time in front of the judges raving about how easy it was to work with each other.

(If this was the Amazing Race, I'd still be stuck at the top of some impossibly tall object, explaining to Joshua that "No, I'm never going to bungee jump/climb from one cable car to another/rappel down a skyscraper/etc." But I digress.)

Obviously massive amounts of work left between now and July 1st, when we turn in the final production-ready manuscript. But the same cheerful optimism that got us into this project will no doubt carry us through the remaining tasks.

And we're already planning our next collection.

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