For this, the final entry into the Sirens blog tour, I’d like to leave you with something amazing — The Sound of Sirens. This podcast was created by Cat McDonald and edited by Nick Acheff to celebrate the launch of Sirens so we affectionately refer to it as our launchcast 🙂
When Cat and I first started discussing the possibility of creating this launchcast I said, “I like this podcast-style idea you have. Do you have any experience dealing with audio editing or anything of the like? Because I don’t LOL So while I’m happy to solicit recordings from people and such, I don’t have the skills to turn it into something cohesive & I’d need someone else to take the lead on that. Could that person be you?”
Cat’s response after a couple more emails was “I baaaaasically can’t be stopped.”
She meant it.
Cat put together an amazing line-up of Siren-y interviews and readings. I’m biased. Of course I’m biased. But it’s true. Check it out:
One of my favourite things about this launchcast was hearing the variety of accents of my contributors. It made it so real to me, like nothing else ever has, now very multi-national this (and every one of my anthologies) book is. Please listen and enjoy The Sound of Sirens.
And thank you Cat. This is a gift. To me, to everyone, and I really can’t say thank you enough.
The release date for Sirens keeps inching closer and closer. To celebrate it I’ve organised a blog tour, and I’m pretty stinkin’ stoked about this one 🙂 Beginning tomorrow a series of blog posts will go live on my blog here as well as several other locations across the web. The incomplete and tentative schedule looks something like this:
Sirens Blog Tour Schedule
June 28, 29th and 30th
Rhonda hosts “Of Sirens and Sorrow” three part mini-series by Amanda Kespohl
Rhonda hosts “Why I Wrote Safe Waters For Sirens” by Simon Kewin
Rhonda hosts “The Drama in Japanese Dramas” by Eliza Chan
July 12th (Release Day)
Pippa Jay hosts an announcement with an excerpt
Beth Cato hosts an announcement with her blurb
Mia Rose hosts a guest post by Amanda Kespohl
Tons of announcements from those directly involved in the book
Elesha Teskey hosts a guest post by Tabitha Lord
Simon Kewin hosts a guest post by Michael Leonberger
Laura VanArendonk Baugh hosts a guest post by Eliza Chan
Rhonda hosts The Horrors in the Closet by Adam Bealby
Stephanie Cain hosts a guest post by Tamsin Showbrook
Hayley Stone hosts a guest post by Amanda Kespohl
Rhonda hosts Voices in my Head… by Tabitha Lord
Anna Kyle hosts a guest post by Adam Bealby
Linn Arvidsson hosts an interview, subject TBD
Samantha Saboviec hosts three question interviews
Rhonda hosts flash fiction, Listen and Repeat by Tamsin Showbrook
Dea Poirier hosts an announcement and giveaway
Reb Kreyling hosts a guest post by L.S. Johnson
Rhonda hosts Literary Crush by Michael Leonberger
Paul A. Hamilton hosts interviews with K.T. Ivanrest, Cat McDonald and Randall G. Arnold
Tiffany Michelle Brown hosts an interview, subject TBD
Rhonda hosts Notes on “We Are Sirens” by L.S. Johnson
Rhonda hosts Four (and a half) Things I Learned Writing Threshold by K.T. Ivanrest
Rhonda hosts Notefisher alternative opening by Cat McDonald
I am excited to be able to share all these extra perspectives, alternate openings, flash fiction and so much more over the coming days and weeks 🙂 This is, as I said, a tentative schedule though and I will be traveling during some of this period so I may not do an awesome job of keeping it up-to-date. All the same, I wanted to show some skeleton idea of what the blog tour is going to look like. I hope you’ll visit some of the stops 🙂
We’re creeping ever closer to the release date for Sirens so I’m turning my mind toward spreading the news about it once that happens. To that end, I would like to set up a blog tour. Myself and several contributors are willing to commit to providing tour hosts with whatever kind of material we can–guest blogs, interviews, review copies, excerpts or a copy/paste announcement post. The only thing missing from that equation is hosts.
Can I borrow your blog?
Will you please host a Sirens-related post for me at some point during the week of July 12th – 19th?
If your answer is yes, please fill out the form below and in the comment field tell me what kind of content you’d like and if you have a preferred day to host.
If you don’t have a blog, you can help by sharing this post with someone who does 🙂
Some people have great advertising budgets or publishers with huge publishing budgets. I, on the other hand, have great friends and have to rely on word-of-mouth and grassroots (If I can use that word in a non-political context) efforts to spread the word about my work.
It’s time, again, for me to ask for your help.
World Weaver Press’ publicist is going to be working hard to publicize CORVIDAE and SCARECROW but in addition to her efforts I would like to run a blog tour for each. Will you help me with that?
If you have a blog I can send you a press kit with images, contributor interviews, excerpts, blurbs, links and all that kind of awesome stuff. Or, I can hook you up with some of my contributors (and/or myself) to do interviews with you, write guest blogs or any other unique thing that you can think of. If you’re at all interested please drop me a line or fill out the form below. I’m trying to sort of schedule dates for things so stuff is spread out, but you’re doing me a favour with this so I’m incredibly flexible.
And thank you 🙂
P.S. I’m more than happy to return this favour. If you have an upcoming release or event that could use a signal boost please drop me a line directly (rhonda at jofigure dot com) and let me know how I can help.
Holy smokes! The last couple weeks have been a blur. Partly because of other projects, but also partly because of the release of A is for Apocalypse. It’s here! Out and available for purchase and reading. It hasn’t really been *that* long in coming, but it kind of feels like it, at least to me.
I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of this book. I think it’s a fantastic way to kick off the whole series of books (which I’ve taken to calling the ABCs of Awesome. At least in my head LoL). Part of the reason it feels to perfect is because it’s about the apocalypse. The apocalypse is about the end of the world, but every ending is also a beginning and so what better way to–
Did I have you going?
Did you think, just for a second there, that I was going to have some sort of deep or meaningful thought?
The truth is, I just really love apocalypse stories. I always have.
At an age when other people were playing ‘house’ I was playing ‘runaways’ which was a lot like house except that my siblings and I had run away from home and were re-building a new one. The game was about survival. It was about ingenuity. Starting over.
Once I actually discovered apocalyptic (and post-apocalyptic) movies and books? Dude, I was in heaven.
When I decided to do this series of anthologies the only question for the first book was whether it was going to be titled A is for Apocalypse or A is for the Apocalypse. The subject matter was never in doubt.
I really enjoyed the variety of stories this collection has to offer, and also the myriad of ways people chose to end the world. If you’re into apocalyptic fiction, I think you will too.
As a way of celebrating A is for Apocalypse’s release, several of the contributors to it are participating in a blog train. Over the next several days you’ll be able to hop from one blog to the other, getting a little taste of what they have to say about the book. If you have a moment please take a look at some of their blog posts, and then if your interest is piqued, maybe check out A is for Apocalypse itself. You might just like it!
(I will be going through and adding links directly to the appropriate blog post as the tour goes on.)
Praise for A is for Apocalypse:
“In A is for Apocalypse, the world ends in both fire and ice–and by asteroid, flood, virus, symphony, immortality, the hands of our vampire overlords, and crowdfunding. A stellar group of authors explores over two dozen of the bangs and whispers that might someday take us all out. Often bleak, sometimes hopeful, always thoughtful, if A is for Apocalypse is as prescient as it is entertaining, we’re in for quite a ride.”
– Amanda C. Davis, author of The Lair of the Twelve Princesses
“Editor Rhonda Parrish gives us apocalyptic fiction at its finest. There’s not a whimper to be heard amongst these twenty-six End of the World stories. A wonderful collection.”
– Deborah Walker, Nature Futures author
“One of the “good ones”… creative and imaginative works of short fiction around a compelling theme.”
– Ian Dawe, Sequart Magazine
“…with an assortment of plots and genres (some horror, some science fiction, even a few dabbling in romance and humour) there’s a little bit here for everyone. Fans of apocalyptic tales should find A is for Apocalypse entertaining…”
– Jess Landry, Hellnotes
“A is for Apocalypse is a clever anthology that I’d recommend to anyone who is a fan of hard science fiction.”