Clouds of Phoenix, ready for Ad Astra 2019!

The first run of paper copies of Clouds of Phoenix arrived just in time today, for the Ad Astra 2019 convention taking place north of Toronto.

WHERE? The Sheraton Parkway North, 600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Echofictions will have its own vending table at the dealers room, stand A-1, where you will have plenty of choices among the paper books.

cover of the paper edition
The book has a nifty 8×5 format.

Blanche, a young paraplegic girl walking with a cobbled-up exoskeleton, observes the strange clouds in the sky of planet Phoenix. She suspects a link between the cloud’s dances and the ruins of a very old city predating their settlement. Except that everyone else is too busy to listen to her…

More info on the Ad Astra site.

Slime & Crime or: Meet the Garden Police!

A snail ont a green leaf - partial book Cover

The Greater Garden juridiction has erupted into a hotbed of crime, and its the task of the GGPD officers to serve, slime and protect!

Book one of the GGPD Files: Slime& Crime

If you thought the garden was a quiet place…

Called on an accidental heat-death, the best sleuth of the Greater Garden Police Department suspects foul play. Officer Gowoon slogs her way through her investigation, among the low-lifes and beer-smugglers, warding off colleagues mating attempts and keeping a wary eyestalk for those lightning-fast giants roaming the territory.

Fortunately, she can count on brawny Zgouish for assistance, but his bad-slogger charm instills fuzzy feeling under her shell. Soon, she finds herself head over shell engulfed in a murky case that could spell the end of her career in the GGPD… and her life.

Murder, beer-smuggling, corruption, steamy passions, slime and slobbering kisses… your backyard has never been so interesting!

Slime & Crime, Echofictions, 42 p.

ISBN 978-1-988339-65-8 (ebook)
ISBN 978-1-988339-67-2  (print)

A snail in the garden / un escargot
A snail in the garden, overcoming obstacles in its unfailing quest for justice

From the author Michèle Laframboise:

I enjoy gardening and observing the various lifeforms for whom the garden is a pitiless jungle. The snails are peculiar creatures, hermaphrodites, deafs, tenacious, often hated by gardeners. As I also enjoy police procedurals, I wrote that story, first published in issue 22 of Fiction River.

Un mot de l’auteure:

En jardinant, j’aime observer la faune pour laquelle le jardin est une dangereuse jungle. En particulier les escargots qui sont tellement étrange, hermaphrodite, sourds, tenaces, détestés des jardiniers. Comme j’aime aussi les romans policiers, cela m’a inspiré cette histoire écrite voici trois ans, et publiée en 2017 dans Fiction Rivers 22.

(Traduction française en cours. )

Un monarque qui se fait attendre

Alors que le mois d’avril nous envoie ses hauts et ses bas, un monarque a décidé de se faire attendre… La publication Monarque des glaces, de la collection Echovisions était prête à sortir, les couvertures réalisées, dans les deux langues. Or, l’auteure, une grande distraite, avait oublié qu’une version anglaise n’avait pas fini ses rondes de soumissions.

Deux semaines avant la sortie prévue du ebook, un  magazine professionnel a demandé à l’auteure de retenir l’histoire de notre monarque pour une deuxième ronde de lectures. Comme une demande “hold” est presque le Graal pour les auteurs dans le milieu de SF littéraire, Echofictions a accepté de retarder la publication jusqu’au dénouement de l’affaire.

MISE À JOUR (janvier 2018) : le magazine a accepté le texte en octobre 2017! Le contrat pour la version anglaise a été signé par l’auteure en novembre, pour une publication en 2019. La version française, elle, sortira un peu plus tôt.

Entre-temps, la date de publication du Garçon de carton va être avancée au mois de mai.

Voici donc, en grande première, la couverture!

Couverture du Garcon de carton, nouvelle            Cover of story

One Monarch has to wait!

It is the prerogative of royalty to be fashionably late.

This spring, the Ice Monarch ebook was ready, edited and its cover designed, to be uploaded on all channels. Alas, the author had forgotten that one version of the story was still making the rounds of professional magazines. (Tsssk!)

Two weeks before the scheduled launch, a professional market has requested to “hold” the story. A “hold” request being almost the Graal for SF writers, Echofictions has agreed to sit on the publication until the matter is resolved.

UPDATE (January 2018): The magazine has sent an acceptance notice in October 2017, and the contract has been signed in November. Publication forthcoming in 2019, meaning, the Echofiction publication will have to wait. 

Meanwhile, publication of the next book, Cardboard Boy, having its own cover design and editing completed, has been advanced.

And the first Echofiction audiobook is in the production phase.

 

 

Dort-on en février?

Le jour de la marmotte approche!

Echofictions compte maintenant 6 titres (3 en anglais et 3 en français) à son actif disponibles sur les plateformes.

Poursuivant son défi de publier dans les deux langues, Condor Canyon,  la version française de Condor Cliff, mettant en scène l’intrépide Lady Byrd, a été mise en ligne sur les principales plateformes à la fin de janvier.

L’année 2017 verra la sortie de nouveaux titres: Monarque des glaces  en avril, suivi de  Cardboard Boy (Le garcon de carton) en mai.  Ces deux nouvelles de l’auteure de SF Michèle Laframboise initient la collection Echovisions, qui publiera de la socio- et science-fiction visant un public mature. 

Condor Canyon couverture

 

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A Fearless February !

As the famed Groundhog Day is on us, Echofictions now counts  6 titles (3 English and 3 French ) currently available on most plateforms.

The French version of Condor Cliff , presenting the fearless Lady Byrd, has been uploaded at the end of January.

2017 will see a bunch of new titles erupting : Monarque des glaces next April, with Cardboard Boy (Le garcon de carton) following up close. Those two longer stories from acclaimed SF writer Michèle Laframboise will start the Echovisions collection, socio- & science-fiction aimed at a mature public.

Stay tuned!

Condor Cliff Cover / Photo by Shutterstock

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Flying under the Radar : the WOW stories

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You don’t see them.

But they know you.

They could be your excentric aunt, your doting grandmother, your thoughtful – or adventurous- mother, your spinster cousin, your manic sister…

Most stranger don’t give them a second glance as they walk around, except those smart enough to notice the twinkle in the eye, the purposeful gait, the hidden strength of their smile.

Mature, older, bolder: though-as-nails or deceptively frail, meet feisty and fearless Lady Byrd, Running Jane, Cougar Sue…

Those are the wonderful odd women in your life, starring in the WOW series brought together by Echofictions.

The WOW acronym is a nod to the 1974 anthology collection Women of Wonder, edited by Pamela Sargent.

Wow can mean Wonderful Older Women, as those protagonists are still so rare in our mainstream fiction.  But there are countless invisible women around us: the  different, the marginalized, the shamed, the rejected, their inner strenght buried under unflattering physique, addiction, infirmity or unpopular tastes.

Those are the ones you pass in the street, without seeing them. Because they dwell so far from the center of the bell-shaped normal curve of standardized beauty that they don’t make a blink on your radar.

Those are the strange, the misfit, the shy, pushed aside but shoving back with all their might, none of them willing to accept to stay a doormat.

Ligia, a caustic geologist, overweight on Mars; Mistress Theodora, ruler of Gany City; Marilyn, a gen-altered Monroe look-alike slave burning to get freedom; Carmilla, a friendly and bumbling vampire orderly working at the the Icarus Nursing Home… and Armelle, a frail-boned and shy Martian born of two mothers.

Together, the older and bolder compose the Wonderful Odd Women, a series of novels, short-stories and novelettes in different genres, but celebrating the diversity of life, with humor, drama and gusto!

 

The first WOW story is coming out this month on Oct 20th: in French as well as in English

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Available on Kobo, D2D, KDP,

and SmashWords (en français!)

 

Exciting books coming your way !

HemerocalleRouge

Echofictions publishes novels and graphic novels, adventures, romantic comedies and SF dramas, in e-book and printed formats.

The 2016-2017 publishing calendar will be announced this summer. Echofictions is currently closed to submissions.