Traveling Books & Coming Together: Among the Stars

Among-the-StarsWhen you get right down to it, I’m kind of a geek. The Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite books and I fell permanently in love with Han Solo the second he shot Greedo (first, goddamnit). Sci-fi is a cozy place for me, which is why I was so happy to be included in Among the Stars, an anthology of erotic science fiction for Coming Together, and edited by the most excellent Lynn Townsend.

The other reason I’m so glad to have a story in there is because the proceeds from this anthology go to charity, as is the case with all titles published by Coming Together; in the case of Among the Stars, it’s the International Still’s Disease Foundation, an organization aimed at benefiting those who suffer from the debilitating effects of Still’s Disease.

Putting all of that together, I knew that I wanted to submit something to this anthology, but I didn’t know what. And then I very randomly came up with a first line:

“The last thing Lieutenant Jack Bolton expected when he took the job was that he’d end up a sex slave on a distant planet.”

Sex slave + distant planet = something I could work with.

The first line changed as the story developed, due mostly to Lt. Jack, who ended up being the answer to the age-old question of what would happen if Jason Stackhouse and Mal Reynolds had a love child raised by Han Solo, (see? There’s Han again). Far from what I’d originally intended, “The Power of Positive Thinking” was irreverent and slightly ridiculous, complete with sentient manacles, a disembodied Master and a hard-on that grows to truly troublesome proportions

Thankfully, Lynn Townsend has a great sense of humor and was kind enough to include it in the anthology along with a collection of fantastically sexy, probing (ha!) and /or hilarious stories that show how flexible sci-fi and erotica can be. Two great tastes that go great together, and all for a good cause.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

IMG_6806_monkeyTwo writers whom I’m lucky enough to call friends – Jade A. Waters and Rose Caraway – also have stories in this anthology, so when Rose suggested we team up to help promote the book and raise funds, I was completely on board.

Because all of the proceeds from Among the Stars go to charity, we want as many people as possible to pick this book up, so Rose suggested that we surprise Lynn Townsend with a signed traveling edition to drum up some visibility. This little book has made it’s way all over Northern California, getting signed and having its picture taken with each of us, (there’s mine! –>), before being sent to Ms. Townsend for the final leg of its journey.

So, if you like science fiction, sentient manacles, nictitating membranes and subjective sexualities, OR if you just like sexy stories and want to get off while giving money to a good cause, please pick up a copy of Coming Together: Among the Stars. There’s something in it for everyone…unless you prefer the Star Wars DVD release to the original, unaltered trilogy, in which case I just don’t know what to tell you.

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10 comments

  1. awwww. guys… I’m touched. And so happy to have you all in my anthology. I was completely overwhelmed by the number of submissions I got, and how simply fantastic they were. Love, love, love the stories in there… and I gotta say, Power of Positive Thinking made me laugh out loud… loved it. LOVE.

    — Lynn

    1. Thanks, Lynn! You know I’m just tickled as hell to be in there. It’s a great anthology – not enough sexy sci-fi out there in my opinion, plus I really do like contributing something to an effort at helping others, even if it’s just a story about a sex slave on a distant planet 😉

  2. Holey Moley! Sorry, I took a gander at your photo and completely forgot what the article was about!

    Gorgeous, inside and out, have this book on my list called “read ASAP” (and on my Kindle). Can’t wait!

  3. I can’t wait to read this! As I’ve said before, I really want more sci-fi erotica. I think a lot of people want to read it and I know a lot of us want to write it. Not to mention, everyone knows geeks are a dirty-minded breed.

    Oh, and your first line is epic. You had me at “sex slave.”

    1. Thank you! I don’t always nail first lines, but I have to admit that I really liked that one, (it’s totally the sex slave part that hooked me into writing this story). I’m hoping sci-fi erotica becomes a thing because they play *so* nicely together. And yes! Geeks are totally dirty-minded! Yet one more reason we’re an awesome breed..

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