Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Musa!

One year ago, Musa Publishing was just finding its way into the wide, wide world of e-publishing. The folks in charge were (and still are!) talented individuals, with experience, writerly know-how, and a whole bunch of ambition. They then opened their arms to us loonies-- er, writers, and what do you know-- it's now Musa's first anniversary, and our books are a force to be reckoned with.

Well, everyone else's, anyway. Mine hasn't been released yet, but it will be soon! How soon, you ask? October 26th soon! Before I tell you about my soon-to-be-released novel, let me babble a bit more about Musa, and why, to me, their books are a step above.

My reasoning is simple-- Musa takes chances. Captive by the Fog, my debut novel, wouldn't be readying to dive into the reader universe if it weren't for Musa. The novel deals with an odd mixture of subjects, including but not limited to: aliens (yep, have a spoiler-- free of charge!), grief, friendship, self-esteem, LGBT issues, illness, disability, creativity, love, happiness, desperation, dreams, captivity, and more that my readers may hopefully one day point out to me. And ALIENS. Did I mention that?

Now, when I first began pitching around my synopsis (which looked far different from my current blurb), the reactions I received were, well, odd. I think most folks thought I was crazy. And hell, maybe I am. But I honestly don't think many publishers would have given my goofy-sounding novel a chance, let alone read the entire thing. People need to take chances to see the true bounds of happiness. Books need to take chances.

Lesbian science fiction and fantasy is a rare breed. And I intent on helping to change that. Musa was that first step.

Seriously, take a look at some of the excerpts and blurbs for the books listed under Musa. Musa takes chances. And for that, I wish them years and years of good luck and hawt books. Okay. Back to Captive, and the reason you're probably here-- phat loots (yes, I'm a gamer-- I'm all about the shinies).

Captive by the Fog

Earth has been captured by an alien species, and one prisoner, Sam, must confront the darkness as well as her own dreams-- or watch the city crumble.

Release date: October 26, 2012

Genre: Modern day science fiction, LGBT

Formats: All popular E-book formats

Here's a not-so-final version of the blurb:

Sam feels like a prisoner within her life until one foggy evening, when she is captured by beings from another world along with a group of strangers. As they are held within San Francisco, Sam and her fellow captives are told they are under surveillance, and that in order to survive, they must trust these creatures who won't show themselves. 

The group has no choice but to do so, and cling to the tiny pieces that make them human--hope, curiosity, courage, and love. Sam befriends Kisana, a shy woman with a captivating smile, and despite the harsh conditions, they find strength in one another--and love. Both are needed when Sam begins experiencing strange, prophetic dreams about the city around them being blown apart.

Will love--along with the power of Sam's foretelling dreams--be enough to ensure their survival after the fragile trust with the aliens is shattered, the city falls, and the fog of desperation rolls in?

See more information about Captive, including a rather long excerpt (which may still change), here

Now, for the blog hop details. Since my release date isn't until October 26th, I'm going to be promising a copy of Captive to the winner of my hop. That copy won't be delivered until October 26th, unfortunately, but the second I'm able to grab a copy, I'll send it in an email!

Don't also forget, of course, that by posting a comment to this blog post, you'll be entered to win our awesome grand prize-- a Kindle Fire!

To enter the Captive by the Fog Musa Anniversary giveaway, please do the following:
  • Include a comment with your email
  • Do ONE of the following: Follow this blog (check the sidebar on the right), or follow me on Twitter
  • If you've already done both, no worries, just toss me a comment and your email. I'll know who you are! :D 
As the weeks to Captive's release count down, I'll be providing as many updates as I can! I also have a Facebook page, which you're welcome to check out and friend me on.

Thanks for stopping by! To get back to the original Musa Anniversary Blog Hop page, go here. Alternatively, here's the full list of participating blogs:


  1. am following this blog! and the book you are giving away looks awesome!

  2. Good luck with your book release! I love how Musa thinks out of the box and opens the door to stories which don't fit the mold!

    1. Thank you! And yes, I love reading the random excerpts and blurbs for our books-- some of them seem simply amazing (and I'm going to have to add more to my to-read list, grr!)

  3. *waves wildly* We're so happy to have you at Erato, too!

    1. Yay Liz! I r very happy to be part of our goofy bunch!

  4. So excited for this book Laura! Can't wait to read it!!

  5. New follower. Your book sounds really good, will definitely checking it out.\
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Just swinging back by to have another entry to win that Kindle Fire! My chance to get into the digital age of reading books :D

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  9. I follow both!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. A Musa YA not-yet-published author saying hello. My book is pretty quirky too, and I thought I'd have a hard job selling it. Thank goodness Musa was there. Good luck with yours, it sounds...quirky!

  11. I think all writers are a little bit crazy. My best friend is a writer and she's mad as a hatter. There is certainly a market for lesbian sci-fi and fantasy, Musa is smart to realize it. Thanks for participating in this awesome hop!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and yes, there is indeed an audience for lesbian sci fi and fantasy! I know I've been searching for more of it to read for years, but not all publishers will take a risk with it.

      Your friend sounds awesome. I agree that we're all a little crazy, but hey, there's some weird worlds going on in our heads, what do you expect?! :D

  12. Congats on your upcoming release! New follower on GFC.

    Cia Nordwell

  13. Hi!! Happy Anniversary! Very awesome! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! And thank you for the fun hop and giveaway!! Many blessings to you!
    GFC: shadow_kohler
    Twitter: LuvToRead09

  14. This sounds like a great book Thank you for the great giveaway!
    What a fun blog hop Thank you!
    GFC follower-latishajean

  15. Congrats to Musa on their anniversary. This is a great hop, I'm having a great time finding new authors (to me).
    I'm following gfc: Julianne
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com