Trans Witch: is now out in paperback and Kindle formats!

Trans Witch: College of Secrets

A wizard school for the rest of us!

Get the paperback at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Get the ebook!

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Trans Witch is now available in the Kindle store!!!

Trans Witch: College of Secrets

Professor Lily Shelley is frantic to find her wife Penny, who vanished two weeks ago. No one else seems to be looking very hard, not the police or even Penny’s family. As Lily refuses to give up hope, she continues searching for clues, even as she teaches English at Moraine University. In her search, she stumbles into a magical world; a college for wizards hidden in forgotten places at the University. Her favorite students come to her aid, helping her retrace Penny’s steps to learn the secrets of the School of Applied Metaphysics – as well as her newfound powers – in hopes of rescuing her wife.

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Trans Witch is Coming Soon!!!

College of Secrets

Professor Lily Shelley is frantic to find her wife Penny, who vanished two weeks ago. No one else seems to be looking very hard, not the police or even Penny’s family. As Lily refuses to give up hope, she continues searching for clues, even as she teaches English at Moraine University. In her search, she stumbles into a magical world; a college for wizards hidden in forgotten places at the University. Her favorite students come to her aid, helping her retrace Penny’s steps to learn the secrets of the School of Applied Metaphysics – as well as her newfound powers – in hopes of rescuing her wife.

I’ve submitted my latest novel, Trans Witch: College of Secrets, to be published initially in paperback by IngramSpark and as a Kindle ebook. I’ll post as soon as the book is available for purchase!

I’m going with Amazon/KDP for ebook at first, but will expand to a bunch of other platforms later!

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Alien Beer – Ch 20 – The Multiverse Blues – If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day

Last time on the Multiverse Blues. Jules escaped capture, leaping through a portal that landed them in their home universe of Beta Earth. Seeking safety for baby Lucy, they find themselves in a heated confrontation.

https://alienbeer.podbean.com/e/ch-20-the-multiverse-blues-if-i-had-possession-over-judgement-day/

Before I begin, I’d like to give you a bit of trivia. “The Dionnes” that Jules and friends talk about in The Multiverse Blues are none other than the characters of the same name from my science fiction novel, Reality Check. Also in Reality Check, a medic named “Bask” tends to Lee in a lunar transport vehicle; that’s a sneaky cameo of the Transit King from my Tipsy Fairy Tales books. I have so far resisted the strong temptation to include Bask, the Transit King, in The Multiverse Blues. I make no promises about chapters after this one; I may yet give in.

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Alien Beer – Ch 19 – The Multiverse Blues – Walkin’ Blues

Last time on The Multiverse Blues:

Jules got cleaned up and Jimmy gave them new clothes to wear, and Jules got to see a bit more of the mysterious disconnected Earth where her new friend lives. A surprise interdimensional visitor overnight causes Jules to flee through yet another portal, to yet another unknown destination, which will be revealed in today’s episode.

https://alienbeer.podbean.com/e/ch-19-the-multiverse-blues-walkin-blues

Raise your glasses, fans of this podcast! I’d like to propose a toast in honor of the Alien Beer Podcast’s first anniversary. That’s right, my first episode aired on February 6th, 2020, so Saturday will mark a full year of me reading my science fiction and fantasy stories to you.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the show. If download statistics are any indication, you’re out there, I can hear you breathing. We passed three THOUSAND downloads of episodes of Alien Beer last week. The first thousand took nearly six months, so it seems we’re picking up speed.

I’m glad to hear it. I’d love to hear from all of you listening. What Alien Beer stories did you especially like? What could you have done without? Who’s your favorite character in The Multiverse Blues? Are you sad that it’s coming to an end?

Yes, I said it. The Multiverse Blues has maybe five or six more episodes to go after this one.

What happens after that?

I have some ideas. I’d like to do another serial like The Multiverse Blues. I have some short stories that have never been published that I could put out there. In fact, for those, I’m thinking of linking them together with some common thread, though I’m still hashing out what that will look like.

Alien Beer will go on, in one form or another. I’m having too much fun reading my stories to you to quit after only a year. But please do write to me at ecg@sillyhatbooks.com. I want to hear your thoughts to help encourage me to keep doing this, okay?

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Alien Beer – Ch 18 – The Multiverse Blues – Milkcow’s Calf Blues

Last time on The Multiverse Blues. Jules finds themself in a boat with a new friend, in yet another Earth. Only this Earth seems to not be linked into the Arch Network, so there’s no obvious way for them to return.

https://alienbeer.podbean.com/e/ch-17-the-multiverse-blues-milkcows-calf-blues/

Before I begin this episode, I’d like to let you know that the world of Erde, as mentioned in The Multiverse Blues, was first featured in my stand-alone science fiction novel, Reality Check. It’s the steampunky “silly hat” world that Lee visits. Reality Check is possibly my single most popular book. I want you to also know that the world of Erde is the world of my Trans-Continental series, where Ida and Duffy have their steampunk adventures.

Please do check out these books and more on my website, at sillyhatbooks.com/fiction.

As a side note, if you’ve ever wondered why I name the chapters of the Multiverse Blues the way I do, it’s because I’m using only the titles of Robert Johnson songs. It just seemed to go with the concept somehow.

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Alien Beer – Ch 17 – The Multiverse Blues – Stop Breakin’ Down Blues

Previously on the Multiverse Blues. Jules and company fled the Harmony theatre in Delta Earth’s Chicago, through a disused Arch Gate, with Arch Authority guards hot on their heels – in an armored vehicle. Jules discovered Delta Jules stowed away and causing mayhem, and both of them fell off La Esperanza, under fire. Jules made a hasty escape through a random rip in reality, to an unknown world…

https://alienbeer.podbean.com/e/ch-17-the-multiverse-blues-stop-breakin-down-blues/

Well, we made it. Yup, the terrible year that was 2020 is over now. I started this podcast before Covid-19 was even a worry, back in February. The rest of the year, reading my stories to you was a lifeline that made me feel just a little more connected to the world outside my house.

And then, in October, I needed a break from The Multiverse Blues. I had a few personal disasters, some of which continue to cause me daily difficulty even now. But in November, I wrote a whole novel, one that tells the story of a transgender woman discovering a magical college, as well as her own magic, as she searches for her missing partner.

And yes, I wrote that because a certain author of a certain franchise broke my heart, making me feel like I’d never be welcome in a certain magical school I used to love. I wrote a story where everyone who was disenfranchised by that other author can feel welcome.

Anyway, the Alien Beer Podcast is back for 2021, and I’m kicking off the year with a brand-new chapter of The Multiverse Blues. Going forward, I hope to have a new chapter for you every other week until the story is done. After that? Who knows. If you have any questions or comments about this podcast, or The Multiverse Blues, please leave me comments on social media, or send me email at ecg@sillyhatbooks.com.

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The Multiverse Blues Returns this Thursday (Jan 7th)!

Inter-dimensional Diva, Hope

The wait is nearly over, fans of The Multiverse Blues! After almost two months’ hiatus, my dimension-hopping science fiction serial returns to the Alien Beer Podcast this Thursday at the usual broadcast time, 8:01am EDT!

I took time off to write my upcoming novel, Trans Witch, and to recharge my creative batteries, but today I’ve written a new chapter for our non-binary hero, Jules, who’s off to yet another new parallel universe, for more adventure.

It was tough to get back into the groove, but I’m excited to resume the story! Look for new episodes every other week until the story is done.

Do you have a favorite character in The Multiverse Blues? Do you have any questions about the story? Please feel free to post comments or send me a message directly!

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The Transit King’s Holiday Ryde! (a Whiteboard Wednesday poem)

The Transit King’s new job!

The Transit King’s Holiday Ryde

Twas Festivus Time in the city;
all the buildings dressed up pretty.
Last minute shoppers run to and fro
But some have further to go.

To the rescue leaps T.K. Bask.
“Who is he?” you may ask.
Why, he’s the ole Transit King,
trying out a brand new thing!

Once he rode the bus lines by day;
but this fairy lord’s gone astray.
A new idea came with a snap
now you can summon him with an app!

The old gnome still trades in favors;
wishes granted in many flavors.
Take care what you say in his SUV
or ye may owe him a thing or three!

If all looks dark, an’ yer feelin’ despair,
just click on the Ryde Kyng rideshare!
So, when you’re at the end of yer rope,
Bask the Transit King brings ye hope!

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Alien Beer Podcast – Christmas Special

Well, here it is, my wonderful listeners:

The End

This is the last story in my Alien Beer and Other Stories collection.

I’m going to be totally transparent with you: I’m not sure where I’ll go from here.

One thing is certain: I will continue The Multiverse Blues, reading each chapter to you here on the Alien Beer Podcast.

Once that’s done? I’m not sure. I have some other stories I could read. I could start a new serial. I could write a new series of short stories just for the podcast.

As I said last time, I do plan to continue the every-other-week format for new episodes.

I might have special interstitial episodes as well, but those will be bonuses.

This episode is also the last installment of the Alien Beer Podcast for 2020. It’s been a wild year. It’s been rough. Very rough. Working on this podcast, which I started BEFORE the pandemic began in the US, has helped me hang on during dark times of isolation and fear. I didn’t know if anyone would listen. I’ve been pleasantly surprised: as of this recording, episodes of this podcast have been downloaded two thousand, two hundred, and forty-eight times.

Wow.

Thank you for listening. We’ll see what happens in 2021.

Please: take care of yourself and be kind to others.

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I’m a founding member of an author co-op called the Speculative Fiction Guild. In 2014, we put together an anthology of speculative short stories related to any of the winter holidays. The profits for that anthology went to benefit Indy Reads, an Indianapolis literacy charity. For this tie-in to my Road Ghosts and Tipsy Fairy Tales books, I channeled my childhood years watching Rankin & Bass holiday specials. I tried having various main characters, but eventually brought back Enid from “Spectral Delivery” as its star. It takes place after Mean Spirit, for those who want to know.

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