Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe

I’m thrilled to announce that one of my short stories will be included in the anthology Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe, from Edge Publishing, edited by Claude Lalumière and Mark Shainblum. More details will follow in the coming months, but in the meantime, here’s the news release from Edge Publishing:

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing            

Announces Author Line Up for

Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen)

(Calgary, Alberta) Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is proud to announce

the lineup for Superhero Universe, the 19th edition of the prestigious Tesseracts anthology series.

Edited by Claude Lalumière and Mark Shainblum,Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen) features twenty-four stories (and one poem) by some of Canada’s best fantasy and science fiction writers:

John Bell

P. E. Bolivar

Kevin Cockle

Evelyn Deshane

Marcelle Dubé

Chadwick Ginther

Patrick T. Goddard

Kim Goldberg

Geoff Hart

Sacha Howells

Arun Jiwa

D. K. Latta

Michael Matheson

Bernard E. Mireault

Luke Murphy

Brent Nichols

David Perlmutter

Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere

Jennifer Rahn

Corey Redekop

Alex C. Renwick

Jason Sharp

Bevan Thomas

Leigh Wallace

A.C.Wise

Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes. Mad scientists. Adventurers into the unknown. Detectives of the dark night. Costumed crimefighters. Steampunk armoured avengers. Brave and bold supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories. Pulp action. Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen) features all of these permutations of the superhero genre and many others besides!

ABOUT THE EDITORS:

Claude Lalumière has edited thirteen previous anthologies, including one prior volume in the Tesseracts series (the Aurora nominee Tesseracts Twelve: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction) and two other superhero anthologies, includingSuper Stories of Heroes & Villains, which was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as “by far the best superhero anthology.” In addition to being a frequent contributor to Tesseracts anthologies, he’s the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes.

Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the comics series Northguard and the bestselling humour book series Angloman, which later appeared as a weekly strip in The Montreal Gazette. Mark also collaborated on the Captain Canuck daily newspaper strip and Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. In the late 1990s he co-edited the Aurora Award-winning anthology Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis. Mark currently lives Ottawa with his wife Andrea and daughter Maya.

ABOUT THE TESSERACTS SERIES:

Each year EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing chooses a team of editors – which keeps the collections fresh, new and ever changing – from among the best of Canada’s writers, publishers and critics. The editors then select innovative and futuristic short fiction and poetry from established and emerging voices of Canadian speculative fiction.

Since its first publication in 1985, more than 315 Canadian authors, editors, translators and special guests have contributed 529 short stories, poems, editorials and forwards to the series.

Each volume of the Tesseracts series features established as well as emerging authors. Some of Canada’s best known fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes – including Margaret Atwood, Susan Swan, and Hugo and Nebula award winning authors William Gibson, Spider Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer.

The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Nineteen, plus Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada’s top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.

The series has won the prestigious Canadian Aurora Award.

ABOUT EDGE:

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, EDGE publishes thought-provoking full length novels and anthologies of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Featuring works by established authors and emerging new voices, EDGE is pleased to provide quality literary entertainment in both print and pixels.

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Ghosts of Morocco now available!

Ghosts of Morocco is now up! It’s available as an ebook everywhere ebooks are sold, and will be available as a trade paperback in a couple of weeks. This one’s a bit of a departure for me — all my mystery novels in the past five years have been set in the Mendenhall world. This one is set in Morocco and the Yukon, and is not part of a series.

Morocco-POD cover_FINAL

Here’s the back cover blurb, in case you don’t have a magnifying glass:

Fifteen years after a traumatic event in Morocco, Hope Adler has reinvented herself as a cautious, dependable businesswoman back home in Canada. No more impulsiveness. No more risks. No more Wild Child. But when Meddur, the young son of her Moroccan friend, lands on her doorstep, running from murderous Berber radicals, she must reach deep into her past and bring back the Wild Child, because that’s the only way she and Meddur will get out of this alive.

Just as she thinks she’s found a safe place to hide the boy, Sam Walker, the bane of her youth in Morocco, suddenly appears. Can she trust him to help her keep Meddur safe? Or is he working with the radicals?

In a departure from her Mendenhall Mysteries series, Marcelle Dubé’s Ghosts of Morocco is a standalone novel featuring Hope Adler, a woman tormented by her past and willing to do anything to make amends. Ghosts of Morocco is a wild, exotic ride from the sands of Morocco to the deep snows of the Yukon.

Ebook: $6.99           Trade Paperback: $17.99

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Ghosts of Morocco… coming soon

The cover for my upcoming release, Ghosts of Morocco, is now available! I think it’ll be available by the end of the month. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Morocco-ebook cover-Fifteen years after a traumatic event in Morocco, Hope Adler has reinvented herself as a cautious, dependable businesswoman back home in Canada. No more impulsiveness. No more risks. No more Wild Child. But when Meddur, the young son of her Moroccan friend, lands on her doorstep, running from murderous Berber radicals, she must reach deep into her past and bring back the Wild Child, because that’s the only way she and Meddur will get out of this alive.

Just as she thinks she’s found a safe place to hide the boy, Sam Walker, the bane of her youth in Morocco, suddenly appears. Can she trust him to help her keep Meddur safe? Or is he working with the radicals?

In a departure from her Mendenhall Mysteries series, Marcelle Dubé’s Ghosts of Morocco is a standalone novel featuring Hope Adler, a woman tormented by her past and willing to do anything to make amends. Ghosts of Morocco is a wild, exotic ride from the sands of Morocco to the deep snows of the Yukon.

 

Lincoln City Blues–an excerpt

Lincoln City Blues

“Marcelle is one of the most charming mystery writers I know. She writes deceptively quiet stories that have a real bite to them.” –Kristine Kathryn Rusch

When a beautiful woman walks into the office of Anastasia Charles — aka Charlie — with a story about a violent husband and a kidnapped kid, Charlie’s private investigator instincts sit up and pay attention. With $2000 on her desk, $8000 more the moment she finds the husband, and the chance to be a hero and rescue a kid… how can Charlie say no?

 

 LINCOLN CITY BLUES

by Marcelle Dubé

Were I a lesser woman, Georgette Havanah might have made me reconsider my lifelong appreciation of men.

As it was, the moment she walked into my office — A. Charles, Private Investigator — I felt shorter, rounder and shabbier.

She was gorgeous, in case you didn’t catch that. The kind of long-legged, high-heeled, high-breasted dusky beauty that made fools out of most men and intimidated the spit out of most women. She exuded sensuality the way I exude garlic after a Caesar salad.

She shifted in the hard-backed chair I provided for my clients — what few I had — and the red skirt of her Spangoli suit crept up to reveal a little more of her firm thigh.

Georgette Havanah — “Call me Georgie, please” — definitely did not live in Lincoln City. I would have noticed. Hell, everyone would have noticed. The small Oregon town I’d chosen as my new home ran more to business casual than high fashion.

“How do you know your husband is here?” I asked.

She’d made an appointment yesterday, insisting she needed to see me as soon as possible. Well, my day planner wasn’t exactly bursting at the seams so I said sure.

Now I wasn’t. So sure, I mean.

“He is here,” said Georgie.

I wanted to insist on an explanation, but the envelope on my desk stared back at me and told me to shut up.

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Copyright © 2012 by Marcelle Dubé

Nice while it lasted…

The Tuxedoed Man is no longer free. On some platforms, anyway, and soon on all of them. All is not lost, however. Falcon Ridge Publishing has decided to price it at $2.99 instead of the regular $5.99, in honour of the recent release of The Untethered Woman, the fourth in my Mendenhall Mystery series. So even if you can’t get Tuxedoed for free, you can still get it at a promotional price. Not a bad deal.

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The Verdant Gene

Falcon Ridge Publishing has recently reprinted my short story, The Verdant Gene. It was originally published in February 2014 by WMG Publishing in Moonscapes, part of their Fiction River anthology series. Verdant was also briefly available as an audio story, read by the wonderful Jane Kennedy, to promote the anthology.

THE VERDANT GENE

Marcelle Dubé

Verdant Gene

We landed on Verdant one hundred and three years ago, in what turned out to be Year Three of the thirty-year Cycle.

In a stroke of cosmic bad luck, the probes that explored Verdant and mapped its solar system did so at apogee, when Castor and Pollux, the twin moons, were stable in the sky at the farthest they would be from Verdant, and each other. How were we to know that this stability would only last a year?

It took the original colonists a few years to realize that Verdant’s moons were slowly drawing closer to each other and to the planet. The attendant tides and wild weather soon made the colonists relocate the settlement to higher, more protected ground, but it was only at Year Fifteen of the Cycle, at perigee, that the colonists understood the full impact of the moons’ strange dance.

There have only been three Perigee Years since we landed on Verdant. With each one, we were better prepared to survive the physical onslaughts of storm and surge. But with each one, we lost more and more people to the Cycle madness.

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How to help a writer

The fourth Mendenhall Mystery is now available! It’s called The Untethered Woman, and I think it’s pretty good.

Well, I would, wouldn’t I?

If you’ve been reading the series and would like to help promote it, here are a few suggestions:

Buy the book. Or one of the books. Each book in the series reads well on its own, but is richer for having read the ones that came before. Untethered is only $5.99 for the ebook. The more people buy the book in the first month, the better chance the book has at being “discovered.” The print book will be available by the end of the month.

Leave a review. Reviews are gold. They help increase discoverability and let potential readers know if they might like to read it, too. If you liked the story (any story, really), leave a review where you bought it, or on Goodreads.

Tell someone. If you liked the book, tell someone who might be interested in it, too. Word of mouth is still the very best way of discovering a new author.

Talk to me. If something bugged you, even a typo, let me know. If you liked the book, you can tell me that, too.  :-) You can connect via the contact link (above) or at marcelle.dube [at] gmail.com.

Share. Using social media is a wonderful way to spread the word. Here’s a suggestion for Twitter or Facebook:

When the unthinkable happens… The Untethered Woman, 4th in Mendenhall Mystery series now available http://tinyurl.com/lnzwmcq | http://tinyurl.com/lfpmrcw

Those are a few ideas for helping spread the word. Just in case you wanted to know.

A Yukon Christmas

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not much of a romantic. I don’t read romances, can’t stand “alpha” males and have no use cowboys-and-babies or sheik stories. But. I do like a believable, solid romance as part of the greater story. Like Karen Abrahamson‘s romantic suspense stories, or Toni Anderson‘s. And every year at about this time, I find myself hankering to write a love story. So without further ado, here’s the cover of my third annual Christmas romance short story, A Yukon Christmas.

Yukon ChristmasA YUKON CHRISTMAS

After her 20-year marriage collapses from inertia, Beatrice Talsma sets off on a year-long, cross-Canada journey to discover where she truly belongs. When she reaches the Yukon, however, her short pause turns into a decision to settle down in this strange new place.

In a complete break with the past, she rents out a cabin in the Yukon wilderness. It’s a wonderful spot, except that her closest neighbor, Henry Pekarik, also her landlord, seems determined to help Beatrice out, whether she wants it or not. It’s becoming harder and harder to resist the man but the real test comes when he invites her to Christmas dinner with his family.

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The Untethered Woman

The Untethered Woman, my fourth Mendenhall Mystery, is available for pre-order now! The ebook will be available on October 30, with the trade paperback to follow within a week or two. Here’s the trade cover:

The Untethered Woman

Here’s the cover blurb:

A phone call sends Kate Williams, chief of police of the tiny Manitoba town of Mendenhall, rushing home to Quebec to deal with the hit-and-run accident that put her mother in the hospital.

The more questions she asks, however, the more she suspects that the accident wasn’t really an accident. Investigating outside her own jurisdiction, Kate faces resistance from the local police force and her own family. Just as her determined pursuit of the truth finally starts to bear fruit, however, the unthinkable happens. Now, a terrible crime that may have been intended for her forces her to return to Mendenhall.

The fourth in the Mendenhall Mysteries series, The Untethered Woman returns readers to the wonderful characters of Mendenhall and to Kate Williams, the town’s stubborn chief of police. Other books in the series include The Shoeless Kid, The Tuxedoed Man, and The Weeping Woman.

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