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Multi-Author Monster Launch!

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Monster Launch with authors and creators!
Saturday October 29th, 5-7pm
3 Brewers, 240 Sparks St., Ottawa

This is gonna be so crazy fun, peeps! I’ll be one of eight people launching like a rocket at this multi-author launch. I’m very excited to do a reading from Life in the ‘Cosm and I’ll be more than happy to sign books, too!

There will be door prizes, readings, and games. You can even dress in costume if you like, because it’s Halloweenish time! (You don’t hafta dress up, but I so am.)

If you’re in Ottawa/Gatineau or just visiting the nation’s capital, you must come on by. What was it they said on The Simpsons? Oh yeah, something like, “If you can’t make it, you better be dead or in jail. And if you’re in jail, break out…”😀 (It’s a quote, okay? I don’t want nobodies to die or break out of jail.)

See you then! Squee!

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Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance PressAvailable now

 

 

 

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Losing Faith and Loving Emma: sharing in two siblings’ grief

I met Alexis James on Twitter and when I discovered she was such a  lovely person, I wanted to support her by purchasing her books. Well, I started backward and bought Loving Emma before Losing Faith, but she said it was okay, because each book stands on its own. (Each one really does, too!)

Both of these stories revolve around the death of a much beloved friend and girlfriend, named Faith. What I loved about the books was how I got to see the different perspectives of grief from the two survivors: Grace, the best friend in Losing Faith, and Liam, the boyfriend, in Loving Emma. Grace and Liam are very close siblings who adored Faith in their own profound way. Watching them navigate and stumble through their mourning gave me all the feels. They have their unique differences, but I also saw their similarities in their coping mechanisms. How difficult it must be for them to lose someone so young when they are so young themselves.

aj-booksI wanted to hug them, kick them in the butt, yell at them, bake them cupcakes, and comfort them . . . all at once. There is no smooth way to travel through grief. And for each character, someone new enters their lives. Steamy stuff happens, quite piping-hot steamy, but it doesn’t erase the sadness. How Grace and Liam handle their pain journey had me turning pages until my eyes went blurry.

I’m looking forward to reading more by this author! I might just be staring at the cover of the third book for days, but I’ll eventually get around to reading it. I think.😉

You can learn more about Alexis James on her Website, and her books are on Amazon.

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Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance PressAvailable now

 

 

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I lost my second (or third) virginity at Can*Con 2016!

Holy stars, as Xax the Draga warrior would say in my book. It has been less than one year since I lost my virginity at Ottawa PopExpo, my first-ever con of any kind. That’s when I cosplayed as a fashionista dalek, got lost, and met Caroline Fréchette and Madona Skaff-Koren from Renaissance Press. Caroline had shouted, “Hey, I like your costume,” and that was how I found my publisher.

Sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump. Without making any kind of conscious effort, I stumble into great things. Meeting the gang from Renaissance Press last November turned into an invitation to submit Life in the ‘Cosm in March 2016, which I thought was magical. As I waited their response, my BFF Talia “The Brain” Johnson messaged me about going to Can*Con in September. I had no idea what Can*Con was and she explained that it’s a literary conference for speculative fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. I thought it sounded interesting and booked an early-bird ticket.

Then Renaissance Press contacted me in June and said they wanted to publish my book. After dancing all around my house in my underwear and fuzzy slippers, I wrote them back. I signed a few days later and was told it might be several months or maybe next spring before my book comes out. That was fine with me because I was working on book two.

When Talia told me she wanted to be on a panel at Can*Con, I was a bit jealous. I wished I could participate in some way but didn’t know what to do, so I put on my pompoms and cheered my friend. Little did I know that in a few days Renaissance Press would call and tell me they wanted to publish my book for Can*Con 2016. It was an EEP! and SQUEE! situation. Let’s call it SQUEEP! (And let’s make it happen better than fetch did, okay?)

So, I went this past weekend. WOW! I could tell right away how much the organizers love this event by how well it was planned, how welcoming they were, and how happy the attendees were. Everyone seemed so thrilled and excited to be there. It was infectious.

Also, did I ever learn stuff at the panels! I wish I could have attended more of them. Laurie Stewart gave a stellar presentation about the financial aspects of being an author and the importance of incorporation. Since my small biz is incorporated, I was riveted to hear about how this applies to writers. Great tips! Angela S. Stone and fellow panellists created a safe-space for us to not only discuss sex in writing, but share our own experiences. (Or was that just me who shared personal experiences? Well, I felt very safe and respected anyway.) Talia, Caroline, Nathan Bourgoine, and Derek Newman-Stille gave a fantastic panel about going beyond the queer narrative in storytelling. As a cishet woman, I sat still and put on my listening ears. It was so informative and I’ll remember that panel for a very long time.

the RP gang!Readings were fun, too. I not only read from Life in the ‘Cosm, but I also listened to my fellow Renaissance Press authors reading their books. Caroline read from Making a Living, Éric Desmarais read from A Study in Aether, and Madona read from Journey of a Thousand Steps. On Sunday I listened to S.M. Carrière’s Sky Road Walker, Nicole Lavigne’s Phantom Sting and Soil of Truth (yay for sentient plants), and Erik Buchanan’s True Magics. The atmos in the reading rooms was so chill and funny. I could have sat there all day.

I was originally afraid that because of my spoonieness caused by my disability, I wouldn’t be able to make it through the weekend. Luckily for me, I’m an extrovert, so all these fun and friendly people were like batteries for my soul. It was heaven! Peoples, all the peoples, give me more peoples!

I am so glad that Can*Con 2016 was my first time for seeing my novel in print, signing my book, and reading in front of an audience. (Thanks for laughing, peeps. We humour writers like when people other than ourselves laugh at our work.) I am definitely going back next year. How could I not? Losing my literary-con virginity at Can*Con 2016 was well worth it. Gosh, do you think they’ll call me? Or was it a one-weekend stand?😉

Seriously, you must attend it next year. In the meantime, you follow Can*Con on Twitter and Facebook.

Again, to the organizers, thanks for everything. We know how hard you worked for this awesomeness. Cheers!

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Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance PressAvailable now

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My first-ever public reading is imminent. Can*Con approaches!

I cannot believe I started this blog with maybe three chapters written and now I can announce that my first public reading of Life in the ‘Cosm will be:

Saturday September 10, 2016, between 2-3 pm
at the Novotel Ottawa for Can*Con 2016.

(Renaissance Press authors Caroline Fréchette, Madona Skaff-Koren, and Éric Desmarais will also be reading in the same time slot!)

I’ll be there for the three days and I’m totally stoked. My best friend had asked me to go with her to Can*Con because she thought I’d enjoy it. That was a month before I knew I’d be published. I’ve never attended Can*Con before and have heard rave reviews from other authors. Consider coming by if you love speculative fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, if you are an aspiring or a veteran writer, or if you just want to support CanLit authors. It sounds like a blast. Click the poster below or the link above to learn more.

Hope to see you there!

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CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 

 

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I feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python

Whew! Who knew getting a book ready for publication was such hard work? Oh yeah, probably all of you.

It’s been a whirlwind adventure for me this summer. On June 9, 2016 I signed a publishing contract with Renaissance Press, and during the weekend of September 9, 2016, I’ll be doing a reading from my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, at Can*Con. In between these dates I’ve gone through the Editing Passes of Destiny,  proofread the interior design, and approved the cover design. It’s been fast-paced but kinda awesome at the same time. Still, I’m completely pooped and am looking forward to a vacay this month, with my long-suffering husband. I sorta feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python right now.

Renaissance Press could not have made this process easier on me, though. I do enjoy the family-atmosphere of this small press. They are extremely professional, but fun, and I think that makes us more productive. It was also great to have my 793, 478 questions answered so patiently. The best thing about working with a small press, especially when you’re an emerging author like me, is feeling like my opinion truly matters. As a result, I’m so excited about this book.

After I am well-rested from my holiday and adequately plied with cupcakes, I’ll be geared for promoting the book. I’m an extrovert, so people are my thing. I love people. GIVES ME ALL THE PEOPLES! I NEED MOAR PEOPLES! Warning: I might frighten you with my rampant friendliness. I mean no harm.

Stay tuned! The next time I blog will be when the book is available. SQUEE!

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CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016.