Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Second Covenant Sneak Preview Now Live! And More...

(Cover created in MS Paint, MS Photo Editor, and MS PowerPoint. Click here to see original photo context.)

I'm having a Traffic Jam Special! Earthlink has informed me that the Deviations site "has been so popular that it has exceeded its monthly traffic allotment." Access should resume on June 1, but my download files are on a separate directory. Click here to get the HTML version of Second Covenant, which is Vol. 6 and the conclusion of the Deviations saga. Free downloads in additional e-book formats should be available once my site is back up.

Here are some reviews I've recently discovered (sometimes it takes me a while). Murray Gunn posted this on Goodreads last August:

"It's difficult to believe that such a well-written book could be free. I didn't lose a moment of my reading time to my editing mindset as I have with other Creative Commons ebooks. Covenant is the story of two races locked in a fatally symbiotic relationship and the desperate attempts of rebels from each to break the cycle. The characters are engaging and the plot moves along with a good rhythm. I can't wait to read the next one."

Two new reviews have appeared on Manybooks:

"Loved this series. Really takes you to a different place. Not for the faint of heart. Once I read the first one....I had to read the rest!" -- holbritter

"Love this book and the entire series." -- ian

This nice nod comes from Jo Walton, who writes, "Elissa Malcohn has continued to produce poems, short stories and novels without ever having a breakout hit to bring her visibility," in her recap of 1985 Hugo Nominees. I had been a finalist that year for the John W. Campbell Award -- not a Hugo, but given out during the awards ceremony to the best new SF writer of the year. A single novelette -- "Lazuli" (Asimov's, Nov. 1984) -- had gotten me on the ballot.

Mythic Delirium Issue 24 is slated to appear in June. Here's what reviewer Alexandra Seidel says in Fantastique Unfettered:

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"[A] venture into lightheartedness" is what editor Mike Allen calls this latest issue of Mythic Delirium. The poetry assembled here certainly makes for an excellent adventure, and lightheartedness often plays a part, but even so, all these lyrical quests have a weighty center.

The best example for this is probably 'The Last Dragon Slayer' by Elissa Malcohn, a poem in eight parts, eight parts of tale that is nothing if not epic. Each part is in itself a poem and comes to you each in a different form. This poem of a dragon and questing dragon slayers --while it does many other things--clearly acknowledges the longing for myth, the longing for adventure in all of us.

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You can also preview the issue's gorgeous cover image on Mike Allen's home page.

My article "Social Networking and the Found Poem" can now be accessed from the WyoPoets site, in their April newsletter (.pdf file). If you're connected with me on Facebook, you can view the original post here.

Watch this space for Second Covenant updates!

Elissa Malcohn's Deviations and Other Journeys
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Vol. 1, Deviations: Covenant (2nd Ed.), Vol. 2, Deviations: Appetite, Vol. 3, Deviations: Destiny, Vol. 4, Deviations: Bloodlines, Vol. 5, Deviations: TelZodo, Vol. 6 and conclusion: Deviations: Second Covenant.

Free downloads at the Deviations website, Smashwords, and Manybooks.

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