One of the first shows I was ever a huge fan of was Star Trek TNG. There was a guest star in one episode, a young woman played by Liz Vassey who had been hurt in a Holodeck accident. Then I was a fan of Wings. Liz showed up there, too. And in Quantum Leap, Early Edition, CSI, Castle. Even shows that critics foolishly ignored like Maximum Bob, The Tick, or Push Nevada (Push would totally have been a huge hit in the Internet age, BTW). She’s like the Stan Lee cameo of shows I thought were great. She’s Nikki in Nikki & Nora! She’s Fury Leika in Dr Horrible!

SHE’S GILLIAN HUNT IN RILEY PARRA.

This woman I’ve been a fan of almost as long as I’ve been a fan of television is going to bring to life one of my characters, and I’m just completely over the moon freaking out about it. I knew when we got Marem we ran the risk of Gillian not being quite amazing enough to match her, but I can let go of that fear.

I always wondered what it would be like to see one of my couples brought to life. So far the Riley Parra casting exceeds even my wildest imaginings. And this brings me closer to becoming Joss Whedon, who also had a webseries featuring Liz. But I made her a main character AND gave her lines. Suck it, Joss! 😉

We’re 83% funded but there’s still time to help out!

Marem Hassler Liz Vassey Maeve Quinlan Karl E Lander

Marem Hassler
Liz Vassey
Maeve Quinlan
Karl E Lander



The crowdfunding has begun! We’re at 60% and there’s 25 days left, so plenty of time to get your pledge in to help bring this show to life. The campaign page has a concept trailer which shows ACTUAL FOOTAGE of my characters! (Side note: the other woman in the video is NOT Gillian. It looks like it could be her, but it’s not). They’ve also announced three cast members: Marem Hassler as Riley Parra (which we’ve known for a long while), Karl E Lander as Marchosias, and Maeve Quinlan as Nina Hathaway. Hopefully we can announce a lot more cast members very soon! ::fingers crossed::

If you want to help out, donate here! If you can’t, that’s fine! Help us spread the word as far and wide as possible!



Because it only makes sense to Lottie.

Hi, Lottie!



On November 1, 2006, I started writing a novel I conceived specifically for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t expect anything from it, but I posted each chapter online as I finished them. When the novel was finished, the archivist of the site I was using emailed me and said it was a great story and if I ever considered publishing it, she worked as a cover artist for a small company who might want it. That’s the dream, right? So I agreed to submit the novel to them. I didn’t even bother to edit it very much before I sent it in. But on December 19, they replied and said they wanted it! They wanted to publish my book! I was going to be a published author!

That book – On the Air – came out in 2007. I followed that with a novel called Gemini, for which I won a Golden Crown Literary Society Award (a prestigious award for lesbian fiction which no man had ever won before). After that, there was no stopping me. Tilting at Windmills, which was the start of a five book series. World on Fire. The Following Sea. My publisher went out of business after releasing five of my novels, but my friend had just started a company of her own and wanted to use me as an established author just to get off the ground, so I already had a safe haven. The books didn’t slow down.

It’s been ten years since that Halloween night I sat staring at the clock, waiting for it to tick over to midnight so I could officially begin NaNoWriMo. I had the first line ready to go for weeks ahead of time (that line ended up getting edited out of the finished product, naturally). In the years since, I’ve received TWO Golden Crown Awards (still the only man to ever win, as far as I know). I’ve signed up with MGM and Fandemonium novels to write fiction based on Stargate SG-1 (one novel, Two Roads, and two short stories). One of my novels, Trafalgar & Boone, received a starred Kirkus review and was named one of their best indie novels of 2015. And, most amazing of all, one of my novels (Riley Parra) is being turned into a webseries for Tello Films! An actress is in prep right now to play a character I created, and it’s so amazing seeing her post on social media about how much she loves the character. It starts filming in January (you can find out more on Twitter or Tumblr!), and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I don’t know what I would’ve been doing in November 2006 if it wasn’t for NaNo. I may have eventually written that exact same novel at some point, I probably would have posted it on that site, and everything might have gotten rolling the same way it did in real life. But who knows when that might have happened? NaNo set me off, NaNo got me in a chair and writing, and by that time the following year, I had a published paperback novel in my hand.

Being a writer doesn’t start out with a publishing contract. It doesn’t start with a crash of lightning and a declaration that “THIS will be the ONE…!” It starts with a story, just like it always does, and one line written on a blank page.



The second novel in the Trafalgar & Boone series is now available in ebook and hardcover! In honor of all the love the first one has gotten (Kirkus starred review, one of their best indie books of 2015, plus all the love from readers) I’m giving away a copy of the second one! All you have to do is respond to this post on my Facebook with your favorite novel of mine and you’re entered! (also, if you want to like the page, that’s fine too ;D).

Happy reading!



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Coming September 1! Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis, the sequel to the novel Kirkus Reviews named one of the best Indie books of 2015!

Last year, readers met Lady Dorothy Boone and her rival Miss Trafalgar, two rival explorers forced to join forces against an enemy who wished them both dead. The bond forged during that adventure remained strong enough that the two women decided to join forces. Now, a year later, their partnership has grown beyond its shaky first steps and has begun showing signs of a union that may be the only thing that stands between the world as they know it and whatever horrors the future may hold.

Return to the world of Trafalgar & Boone, a London recovering from a Great War fought with magic and only now beginning to see the consequences of what has been set loose. The cracks of the world are beginning to show. The ancient evils long thought extinct are gaining strength. Trafalgar and Dorothy, along with Dorothy’s majordomo and lover Beatrice Sek and a host of other allies, must put aside their bickering and petty differences to discover where the threats are coming from, how they were stopped, and how to prevent the end of civilization.

PRAISE FOR TRAFALGAR & BOONE

    “An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “This was everything I wanted from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, only with lesbians. Wildly inventive, delightfully romantic, and sneakily thought-provoking, Geonn Cannon’s Trafalgar & Boone takes readers on a whirlwind adventure that never fails to satisfy. Steampunk fantasy of the highest quality!” – Melissa Scott, author of the Astreiant series

    “What a wonderful, fun read. Lady Boone is the lesbian Indiana Jones!” – Myra Swintz

    “Part science, part historical fiction, part fantasy, part mystery, this tale is filled with adventure and bravery. I don’t want to leave these characters just yet. I want to know more about them, their lives, and their adventures in the future. And I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.” – Mehek Naresh, The Rainbow Hub

    “Romantic scenes are classy and erotic without descending into excessive detail. It is nice to see characters who are more diverse than the traditional white, male, heterosexual, wealthy Englishman, who was formerly a mainstay of these genre of novels.” – Jo Frankel

    “I would recommend this to any who enjoys steampunk or just a good plot mystery!” – Rhayne, Inked Rainbow Reads

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    Well, it’s come to an end, folks. There was laughter and tears. Rivalries formed. Friends became enemies and enemies became friends. Nothing will ever be the same again. Not because of the Storybundle, but just… in general. It’s been a really busy couple of weeks around here.

    But the hordes of readers did respond to our call and we managed to hit our goal!

    Yippee

    That means Heather Rose Jones and I have to make good on our promises! She’s already close to giving away all her copies, so if you haven’t snatched one up yet go comment! As for my offer, be one of the first five commenters on this post who bought the Storybundle (honor system!) and you’ll get your very own ebook copy of “Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis”! It’s the sequel to the Trafalgar & Boone novel in the bundle, and it’s not available for purchase until September 1! That’s right, for helping support the Storybundle and authors and getting young girls interested in writing, you get to read the book before anyone else! How awesome is that? So comment! Let me know how to get in touch with you so we can work out the delivery details!

    And lastly… thank you!

    EDIT: Four left!



    We’re in the final few hours for the Storybundle that includes Trafalgar & Boone and Stag & Hound, plus nine other fantastic novels! In case you missed my last post, you pay $5 for five novels. But if you pay a little bit more, you get ELEVEN novels. Just barely a dollar each. Not too shabby! The Storybundle has been going so well that Heather Rose Jones has decided to give five lucky bundle purchases an extra reward for their support (you can read all about her giveaway over on her blog and comment to win!). I’ve decided I want to follow her lead and do the same thing.

    We’re very close to a really cool milestone. If we manage to cross that line, I’ll put up a post like Heather’s. The first five people who comment saying they bought the Storybundle (we’re going by the honor system here) will get a copy of Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis, the sequel to the Trafalgar & Boone novel in the bundle. You won’t even be able to buy it until September 1, but since you were so super-cool enough to support authors and some fantastic charities, I want to reward you a little bit.

    If you’ve already bought the bundle, thank you! I hope you enjoy the stories! If you haven’t hopefully this is just the incentive you needed to dive in!



    For two more weeks, you can head over to Storybundle and get a great deal on five novels – including my novel, The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone, which Kirkus Reviews named one of their best indie books of 2015. If you pay a little bit more, you also get access to six other novels. The bonus bundle includes another novel I wrote called Stag & Hound. It’s a complete standalone, but I thought I would say a few words about the greater universe in which it takes place.

    Stag & Hound takes place in a world in which werewolves exist. Their species is canidae, and transforming is an ability they’re born with. They can change whenever they wish, meaning there’s no reason to wait for a full moon if they want to bring out the wolf, but there is a reason for the myth: the wolf is a part of who they are, so going more than a month without changing is extremely difficult. If they go more than three or four weeks, the transformation can happen abruptly. Canidae exist in secret after being persecuted and hunted for thousands of years by a group of humans called Hunters. Being bitten does transfer the ability to change but, if it happens when the victim is an adult, their body won’t be able to handle the transformation. The first change is a death sentence if it doesn’t happen before puberty.

    I first started writing about canidae for a Halloween story invitational at Academy of Bards (a great place to find lesbian-centric fiction that grew out of the Xena fandom). I was stumped for an idea and decided “werewolves” and “private investigator” was a fun idea. So I created Ariadne Willow, a modern-day PI working in Seattle with her then-assistant, Dale Frye. I ended up liking the character enough that I wrote three stories for them. There wasn’t much of a response, so I sort of put them aside for a while. I came back when I was inspired for a fourth story, and people blew up. Commenting on the new story, telling me they’d gone back to read the others, asking when there would be more… It didn’t take long to realize there was a lot of potential in these characters and their world, so I decided it was time to turn it into a novel.

    The Underdogs series is now five books strong, with a sixth on the way. When I was planning the second installment (Beware of Wolf), I came up with the idea of a historical event that Ariadne knew as a fairy tale that involved a female soldier in the Napoleonic Wars falling in love with a canidae. I didn’t want to wedge it into the story as a flashback (the novel already had two plotlines, and adding a third was just Too Much) so I wrote it out as a supplementary piece called Wolf at the Door. It allowed me to explore the history of canidae in a world just like ours without forcing the narrative on Ari and Dale.

    So once those floodgates were open, I knew I wanted to write more of what I called “classical canidae.” So far the majority of them are follow-ups to Wolf at the Door, but I’ve also written stories about a canidae rumrunner and wolves in medieval times (you can find them here for free). And now, the second full-length novel featuring classical canidae takes them behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France. I hope you enjoy it!

    There’s a whole world of stories waiting to be told in the future for Ari and Dale, but there is also a rich history just waiting to be discovered.



    This is a story I’ve told before, but it’s a good one. And this will hopefully help people who are coming to my blog because of the Storybundle. To which I say…

    New Person

    One morning, I woke up with a segment of a dream still rattling around in my head. All I had was a single “scene”: Two women, one black and one white, covered in mud, blood, dirt, and grime. One was wearing a heavy leather duster. The other was a redhead. They were joined by a man who was looking much more composed than either of the ladies. The three of them stepped into an elevator. As the doors closed, the women looked at each other and started to laugh. The man rolled his eyes, exasperated. Beyond that, I only knew that their names were Trafalgar & Boone.

    It was such a strong image that I went to Twitter and sort of off-handedly described it. Three different followers pushed me to do more with the idea, prompting me into making it a steampunk lesbian Indiana Jones analog. Who wouldn’t want to write something like that?! I had other projects on the table at the time so I set it aside, but I kept coming back to it. Eventually I had to start writing, and the world of Trafalgar & Boone unfolded around me. It was a world just emerging from a Great War, which had been fought with magic. It was a London with airships ferrying passengers across the Thames. And it was a world on the brink of something horrible wrought by the overuse and unpracticed use of magic during the war. Strange and powerful things are afoot in the world, and only by two former enemies joining forces can anyone hope to survive.

    Since being published, Trafalgar & Boone have been the recipient of several honors from Kirkus Reviews. It was given a rare starred review, named one of their best Indie books of the month, and one of the best indie books of 2015. The covers, by Rita Fei, are so spectacular that I don’t know how I lucked into getting her to do them. I’m trying not to create plots simply to see what she can do for them.

    Melissa Scott has been a champion for Trafalgar and Dorothy Boone from the moment they were conceived, and I’m honored she chose to include them in this Storybundle. They’re taking a position among such giants as Jo Graham, Martha Wells, Heather Rose Jones, and Judith Tarr. For less than the price of any individual books, you get FIVE great novels. And if you decide to pay a little extra, you more than double your haul.

    With your purchase, you’re not just supporting creators, you can help charity at the same time. You can donate a portion of your payment to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now. So go! Pretend you’re being selfish in grabbing some great reads and help support young writers at the same time! The Storybundle is only going to be available for a limited time, so get yours now!

    FANTASY STORYBUNDLE