In the Future, Tense

June 5, 2010

Sidewise Award Nomination!

As it is pretty well known by now that CL Anderson and Sarah Zettel are one and the same, I figure I can announce this here.

I’ve been nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History for my story “The Persistence of Souls,” which appears in the Book View Press Anthology, THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY: Tales of the Steam Age Vol. I

Here’s the official announcement from BVC:

Book View Cafe author Sarah Zettel has been nominated for this year’s Sidewise Award for Alternate History for her story “The Persistence of Souls,” published in the exclusive Book View Press collection THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY: Tales of the Steam Age Vol. I .

THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY is a unique, original anthology, created and published exlcusively by the author-members of Book View Cafe.

A collection of stories set on alternative earth, a place powered by steam and magic, THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY takes place in a world of dreamers, experimenters and engineers, soulless humans and ensouled machines was born of most unlikely parents: four poets who gathered one cold summer on the shores of Lake Geneva in 1816.  All-new and never-before-seen, these stories explore the unfolding consequences of that gathering — and how it changed everything we thought we knew about science and ourselves.



June 3, 2010

From the Pink and Gold Side of the Force

Filed under: Book View Cafe,Romance,Romance Writing — carolynanderson09 @ 4:37 pm

Free Romance at Book View Café

In celebration of the recent addition of romance ereads at its site, Book View Café has released THE PASSIONATE CAFE, a free ebook of romantic tales from BVC authors. Stories range from quirky and humorous to Regency by such authors as Patricia Rice, Madeleine Robins, Jennifer Stevenson, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Marissa Day, and Sarah Zettel. Also included in the sampler are stories with “Romantic Elements” that explore not only romantic love but family relationships, political intrigue, and the effects of technology and magic on the most human of bonds. Readers are invited to travel across the galaxy with Steven Harper, deep into the fae realms with P.R. Frost, through the splendid but treacherous halls of Versailles with Vonda N. McIntyre. As a bonus, The Passionate Café includes an excerpt from THE FALL OF NESKAYA by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross.

Visit Book View Café for your free copy of THE PASSIONATE CAFÉ:

May 12, 2010

Steampunk Photo Contest!

Book View Café announces:



for your inspiration and edification, we offer a free sample from The Shadow Conspiracy

Do you have a killer steampunk ensemble?
A gorgeous nouveau-Victorian parlour?
A seriously classical retro ray-gun?

Take a photo and send it to Book View Café!  Winners chosen by our elite cadre of judges will receive prizes including:

The Shadow Conspiracy volume I
The Shadow Conspiracy volume II (coming in December 2010)
other wonderful ebooks from BVC authors
selected winning photos used as illustrations in The Shadow Conspiracy volume II!

There will also be a Reader’s Choice Award (prize TBA) at the Book View Blog!

Get creative!  Dress up your friends!  Masquerade as characters from The Shadow Conspiracy such as Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, Mary Shelley, Marie Laveau…

As inspiration, Book View Café will offer daily free sample stories from The Shadow Conspiracy I the week of March 24.


1. Photos must be in .jpg format, maximum 1 MB in size.

2. Photos must be emailed to //

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between March 24, 2010 and June 1, 2010.

3. By submitting your photo to the contest, you verify that:

~ You own the publication rights to the photo.

~ You agree to allow Book View Café and Book View Press to use the photo as an illustration in The Shadow Conspiracy volume II and related promotional materials.

~ Any persons depicted in the photo or owners of private property depicted in the photo agree to allow Book View Café and Book View Press to use the photo as an illustration in The Shadow Conspiracy volume II and related promotional materials.

~ BVC reserves the right to disqualify any photo deemed offensive or inappropriate.

May 10, 2010

Me at Romantic Times – Post 3

Woke up fairly early on Friday, mostly because the internal clock won’t let me sleep late.  Had convivial breakfast with Beth Vaughn.  Hit the How to Write a Comic Book panel.  They had an artist drawing scenes on a white board as the editor and author talked through the various aspects of scripting and layout.  V. informative.

Met Catherine Asaro for lunch and had a good talk.  By then it was time to get ready for the Big Event —

The EBook Expo.


April 24, 2010

Banned Body Images

Filed under: Book View Cafe,Meta Blogging,shopping — carolynanderson09 @ 3:46 pm
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SPEAKING of being a woman of queenly proportions…

One of my alter egos weighs in (so to speak), on the Book View Cafe blog about how Fox and ABC have decided positive views of rubenesque women are inappropriate for the eight o’clock hour.


April 12, 2010

Book View Cafe Releases Jaydium

Filed under: Book Reviews,Book View Cafe — carolynanderson09 @ 2:26 pm
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On April 13, Book View Café (BVC) proudly presents the ebook release of JAYDIUM, the debut novel of Deborah J. Ross (originally published under her former name, Deborah Wheeler).

“A wild and woolly journey through time and space that contains enough imagination and plotting for an entire shelf of books.” — Don D’Ammassa in SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE

“Beautifully executed . . . marks Wheeler as a stellar new talent.” — Catherine Asaro in MINDSPARKS

“There is an emphasis on the quest for peace that is unusual when so many novels focus on the quest for dominance and victory.” — Tom Easton in ANALOG

“JAYDIUM sweeps the reader into a well-designed world populated with realistic people . . . a fast-paced and fun read.” — Mary Rosenblum

“Excellent hard science-fiction . . . I look forward to reading more.” — Marion Zimmer Bradley

“A smashing debut novel!” — Mike Resnick

To celebrate the release of JAYDIUM, BVC will be holding one of their famous twitter fic contests from April 13 through April 15th at Details at

April 6, 2010

Book View Cafe Releases International Kittens of Mystery!

In an uncertain world there is one organization that stands head and small furry shoulders above the rest. Whenever the planet is in danger – be it from giant balls of wool or bands of renegade squirrels – only one group is guaranteed to answer the call: The International Kittens of Mystery!

Chris Dolley’s INTERNATIONAL KITTENS OF MYSTERY is a journal of their stories. For the first time, cameras have been allowed into one of their top secret training camps – Training Camp Alpha. A camp where, under the supervision of pet humans, recruits are shown not only how to save the world but also how to manage their secret identities – how to blend in and infiltrate the human society that they alone can protect.

If you like a laugh and looking at large colour pictures of cute kittens saving the planet, this is the book for you. It’s the book the iPad was designed for – ask Steve Jobs’s cat.

This DRM-free book costs $2.99 and can be downloaded from Book View Café.

All proceeds from the book go towards the upkeep of the International Kittens of Mystery orbiting space platform. After all, if an asteroid-sized ball of wool really did threaten the Earth, who’re you gonna call? Bruce Willis and his team of miners or the real experts in unravelling balls of wool?

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Buy the DRM-Free eBook: $2.99

October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Ursula K. Le Guin!

Filed under: Book View Cafe — carolynanderson09 @ 6:04 pm

Book View Cafe is celebrating the 80th birthday of one of the genres most important, prolific and generally cool authors: Ursula K. Le Guin.

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October 7, 2009

New Twitterfic Contest

Filed under: Book View Cafe,Tweeting — carolynanderson09 @ 11:44 pm

To celebrate the paperback release of Red River, fourth book in the Far Western Civil War series by P.G. Nagle, BVC is holding a TwitterFic contest October 6-8.

The Theme of the contest is: “Soldiers and Steamboats.”

First place winner will get an autographed copy of Red River and autographed copy of Galveston (FWCW series book 3).
Second Place will receive an autographed copy of Red River. Pati Nagle, Sarah Zettel and Jennifer Stevenson will judge the contest.

The contest opens at 9:00 a.m. EST Tuesday October 6 and closes 9:00 p.m. EST Thursday October 8, 2009.

Rules are online at

The contest will be held at BVC’s Twitter site:

Visit P.G. Nagle  at BVC:

September 26, 2009

BVC Welcomes Katherine Kerr!

Filed under: Book View Cafe — carolynanderson09 @ 12:00 am
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fireworksBook View Cafe welcomes its newest member: Katherine Kerr.

On Friday, September 25, historical fantasy author, Katherine Kerr became the latest author-member of the Book View Cafe.

Kerr spent her childhood in a Great Lakes industrial city and her adolescence in Southern California, from whence she fled to the Bay Area just in time to join a number of the Revolutions then in progress.  After fleeing those in turn, she became a professional story-teller and an amateur skeptic,
who regards all True Believers with a jaundiced eye.  An inveterate loafer and rock and roll fan, she begrudgingly spares some time to write novels.

Kerr will be launching at Book View Café with her story, “The Bargain,” set in the fantasy world, Annwn, of her Deverry series.

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