Austen Crowder, author of Bait and Switch, has a second book out, The Painted Cat, published by Fur Planet.

“Janet lives in two worlds.

In one world, she is Miss Perch, teacher at a small school deep in the corn grids, helping kids who are turning into cartoon find their way out of town.

In the other, she is Bunny Cat, and paints herself up to be the very same type of cartoon cat her small town has grown to hate.

The wall separating those two worlds is starting to break down. Between rekindling a relationship with an old college flame and discovering how much she loves being Bunny Cat her two worlds are starting to merge. Keeping up the appearances of two separate lives is bad enough, but when kids start getting sent away for turning toon she knows she can’t stand on the sideline any longer.

Two things are for sure: the two worlds won’t stay distinct for much longer, and Janet won’t come out unscathed.”

 

By Sword and Star   March 20th, 2012

By Sword and Star by Renee Carter Hall

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Prince Tiran of Silverglen may be heir to the throne of all Asteria, but he’s always felt more at home among the villagers, no matter how many lectures he gets from his father.

But when the elk-lord Roden slaughters the royal family and claims the throne for himself, only Tiran is left to avenge their deaths and take his place as the rightful king.

His journey will lead him from the shadowed heart of his forest home into the treetops with the squirrel-clan of the Drays, across the western plains, and among the mysterious and deadly wolves of the Northern Reach.

With his allies’ help, Tiran must become the king his people need him to be – or risk fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will spell the end of Asteria itself.

Cover artwork by by Sara Miles.

A Horse of Many Colours   December 22nd, 2011

A Horse of Many Colours by Michael Bard

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What do ancient Greece, Golden Age science fiction, horses, and the art of costuming all have in common? Michael W. Bard, of course!

From generation ships to unicorns and from the psychology of the costumed performer to the carefully-calculated escape velocity of a bunny-taur, these are the worlds of the noted “furry” author Michael Bard! Come and ride along with the Galactic Patrol, construct a dragon miniature that has a mind of its own, and learn what it means to be trapped in the role of a method actor for the rest of time.

Michael was taken from us far too early – he passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in 2010 at the age of 44. But his dreams live on in this volume to be enjoyed by the rest of us forevermore. And best of all, the proceeds go to benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Michael’s passions were myriad, and each of them left their unmistakable footprints on his fiction. So come with us and sail across endless seas with a squirrel and an otter as shipmates, and find the true meaning of love in the depths of a stained glass window. Become a season, and prove yourself worthy to be the first equine ever to join the Galactic Patrol. Take a little break from reality and perceive the universe as Michael did, through his gentle Canadian soul. And when you’re done, you’ll miss Michael every bit as much as we do.

Cover artwork by Heather Bruton.

Bait and Switch   November 28th, 2010

Bait and Switch cover
Bait and Switch by Austen Crowder

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In Fenton’s world, some kids are toons. Some think the change is biological. Others think the change is social. But some kids turn into toons, and Fenton’s father just wants it to stop. He’s even built a Realist movement to ban toons from the real world, hoping that it will keep his own children from following in their estranged mother’s cartoon footsteps.

 

Tensions rise as the Realists lobby to get their ban set into law, and toons fight for their right to be themselves. Fenton’s father knows he can count on his two boys to stand behind him and his dream of building a safe, a toon-free reality. It’s just too bad that Fenton’s becoming a toon….

 

Cover artwork by Dustin Friend.
Different Skins Volume 2 cover art
Different Worlds, Different Skins, Volume 2
More of Humanity’s Encounters with Other Races

 

Print Book, $17.95, available from Amazon and Lulu.

 

What if humanity shared Earth with other sentient species? What would first contact with an alien race be like? What wonders or horrors could be wrought by our experiments to create new life-forms, both biologic and mechanical?

 

This continued anthology examines these ideas, showing humanity’s interaction with the Other, in the form of anthropomorphic animals. The stories cover diverse genres, from science fiction and fantasy, to contemporary fables, exploring themes of race and culture and the endless possibilities of the human condition.

 

Featuring stories by Earl Bacon, Cebelius, Austen Crowder, Seth Drake, Phil Geusz, G.F.D., Jason Gillespie, Graveyard Greg, Renee Carter Hall, Saia Kferr, Paul Lucas, Annette C. Miller, Brian Miller, Benjamin “eSca” Reed, Ryx, Will A. Sanborn, James Steele, Stephen Soliz, Tim Susman, Phillip Velasquez, Viergacht, and Wirewolf.

 

Cover artwork by Sara “Caribou” Palmer.