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!

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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. )

Echofictions, go!

Echofictions publishes stories that resonate through all ages!

Novels / graphic novels / audio books / short fictions

Collections:  WOW Stories/  EchoesEchovisionsSunday Artist Studio


Romans / BD / Mangas / Audiolivres / nouvelles

Echofictions publie des histoires qui résonnent pour tous les âges!

Collections:   Formidables  /  Echos  /  Echovisions Sunday Artist Studio

End-of-Year Surprise

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Condor Cliff available on KDP, Kobo, D2D

Equipped with her Sibley guide, explorer hat and field glasses, Amanda Byrd fearlessly pursues the most elusive winged species.

Following on her late husband’s footsteps, she explores a beautiful canyon, along with a gaggle of tourists led by Ed, a very patient native guide. As a majestic California Condor swoops overhead, Amanda discovers that their group has been trapped at the bottom… (more)

A short mystery story introducing the fearless and feisty Lady Byrd, by multiple-award-winning  author Michèle Laframboise!

 

Condor Cliff is the second book in the WOW Stories collection of Echofictions, and the first in the Bold And Birding Series.

Sortie de fin d’année

La fin de l’année voit la naissance d’une héroïne qui en a vu des vertes et des pas mûres, Lady Byrd! La version anglaise vient de sortir; pour les lecteurs francophones, la version française, Condor Canyon,  sortira en fin janvier dans la collection Formidables.

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!)