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Author | Quirky Queer Sincere

June 2022

Hello, all! I hope that your summer/winter is being kind to you. We are having cool days and cold nights, and enjoying setting a wood fire most evenings. 

I am here today with a promotion of Low Angst MM Romance, including my own Butterfly Hunter on sale until 15 June. You might also like to read an interview of me posted to the Weird West Fiction website. There are mentions of all my current projects - and my happy review of The Murderbot Diaries!

All the details are below...

If you like a happy story as well as a happy ever after, check out the awesome LGBTQ+ authors in the link below! We're celebrating Low Angst MM Romance - and my Butterfly Hunter is 40% off!

Click through to the BookFunnel promo to see all the offerings from myself and other authors - but only until 15 June.

Happy reading!

Weird West Author Spotlight

I was proud to be interviewed by KC Grifant for the Weird West Fiction website.

If you want to know what kind of character I'd be if I were living in the Weird West - or which Kurt Russell film I've been most impressed by lately - then please do drop by and have a read. Then you'll no doubt want to have a meander around the site, and discover the rest of their treasure!  

Jäger des verlorenen Schmetterlings

I'm delighted to see that Jäger des verlorenen Schmetterlings (Hunter of the Lost Butterfly) is fast making new friends out there in the wild! This is my German edition of perennial favourite Butterfly Hunter, translated by the wonderful Anna Maria Nordholz.

The volume currently has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon.de. All the details are below!

Einen einzelnen Engländer auf der Suche nach einer unbekannten Schmetterlingsart zu begleiten, hätte für den australischen Buschführer Dave Taylor ein simpler Auftrag sein sollen. Doch Nicholas Goring ist kein gewöhnlicher Tourist, seine Suche ist alles andere als einfach, und langsam sieht es so aus, also wollten die Schmetterlinge schlicht nicht gefunden werden. Während Dave Nicholas alles beibringt, was er zum Überleben im Outback braucht, stellt er fest, dass auch er noch einiges zu lernen hat – und dass der beste Weg, etwas wirklich Wichtiges zu finden, oft darin besteht, es einfach nicht finden zu wollen …

I would be very grateful if you can please help me spread the word? Any tips you can give me about who to approach for reviews would be very welcome. And of course please do pass this on to all your German friends. It would be wonderful for this flutter of a butterfly's wings to really drum up a storm.

Payhip store!

I have a Payhip store attached to my website. You can use this to buy my currently available ebooks directly from me, in epub, mobi and pdf formats. (There are some free stories there, too...)

The link is: payhip.com/juliebozza

Julie's Payhip store

Writ in Blood merchandise!

As you've seen already, the awesome Mags Kulbicka provided the most gorgeous artwork for my Writ in Blood novel - for the front and back covers, as well as five full-page illustrations of specific moments in the story. I just love it! 

I love the artwork in the book itself - but I also need a new mouse pad, and I want Johnny Ringo on my coffee mug, a print of the cover illustration for my study wall, and... and it's all too good to keep to myself. So Mags and I set up a shop on RedBubble, so we could all enjoy ourselves! 

Please do drop by for a browse... We have all of Mags' artwork available - some options branded with the title, and some not. I'm sure you'll find plenty to covet - and of course if we haven't made a particular combination of art and product available, then just let us know! 

Happy trails, pard!

Writ in Blood reviewed by the Historical Novel Society!

... and if you haven't even read Writ in Blood yet (despite the beautiful illustrations tempting you hither), this wonderful review by Paula Martinac for the Historical Novel Society might convince you to give it a try! 

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The Wild West gets a queer retelling in this inventive historical with a hint of fantasy. Three point-of-view characters based on real white men of the 1880s—Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Johnny Ringo—cross paths again and again on their way to the vivid setting of Tombstone, Arizona.

With robberies, arrests, skirmishes, card games, and sex stitching it all together, the plot follows the basic historical facts but isn’t the point of Bozza’s novel. Instead, she delves into her characters’ personalities and secret demons, offering creative insights into men who have passed into legend.

In Bozza’s hands, lawman Earp suffers from ennui and yearns to settle down with his wife and brothers. “I’m tired of arresting people for things I don’t care about,” he complains. Gambler Holliday is a Shakespeare-quoting bisexual whose touching bromance with Earp proves a bone of contention with common-law wife Kate Elder, a well-to-do prostitute. Outlaw Ringo, a hard-drinking loner and poet, has visions in which he couples with a handsome spirit he fears is the devil incarnate come to claim his soul for killing a man.

The three narratives wind slowly together toward the inevitable Gunfight at the O.K. Corral of 1881, which is over in what Earp calls “the grimmest half-minute” of his life. But the famous gunfight isn’t really the novel’s climax, with more than a fourth of the book remaining after the shootout. The pace doesn’t drag, though, because readers care about the men involved—especially tortured Ringo, whose grim end delivers a gut-wrench. What could have added to the novel is a keener sense of the women in the historical record; the author gives intriguing glimpses of their independence, but they come off flat compared to the fleshed-out men.

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I am delighted by this reflection of what I wrote, of what I wanted to do with this story, and what I hoped to convey. If this sounds like your kind of novel, here's a Universal Book Link - and you'll find all the details on my blog, including an excerpt and other reviews.  

Queer Weird West Tales Anthology

It was tough work sorting through all the wonderful submissions received for this anthology, but I'm glad to announce I've now signed contracts with 21 authors - plus myself! I have started editing these intriguing stories, with help from our proofreader, Sue Laybourn of No Stone Unturned editing services. 

We are aiming at a release date of 31 August 2022 - and you can already pre-order the ebook! 

Blurb: Frontiers have always attracted the Other - where they find that the Other is always already there. These 22 stories explore what happens when queer characters encounter weirdness on the edge of the worlds they know.

Authors include: Julie Bozza, J.A. Bryson, Dannye Chase, S.E. Denton, Miguel Flores, Adele Gardner, Roy Gray, KC Grifant, Peter Hackney, Bryn Hammond, Narrelle M Harris, Justin Warren Jackson, Toshiya Kamei, Catherine Lundoff, Bunny McFadden, Angus McIntyre, Atlin Merrick, Eleanor Musgrove, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Lauren Scharhag, Sara L. Uckelman, and Dawn Vogel.

All the details are here on my website ... I can honestly hardly wait to share this volume with you!

My Review of The Murderbot Diaries

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Tor.com

Blurb: On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ’droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.com.

Review: For once, a book is as excellent as its reputation! This first instalment of The Murderbot Diaries won a plethora of awards for Best Novella, including the Hugo and the Nebula. Which can be off-putting sometimes! But at last I decided to give it a go - and found it to be pretty much perfect.

The SecUnit at the heart of this story is a fascinating character. Having recently gained free will, it is slowly working towards discovering (or even creating) its own identity. At first we empathise with its self-consciousness and vulnerability, but soon we are following a finely drawn path along which the humans the "Murderbot" is responsible for become individuals it cares about. There's a lot to love in a book where all the emotional impact is about self-identity, trust, and friendship.

If you're not quite sure this series is for you, I would still recommend you try this first novella. It tells a full story, though it's not overly long, and everything I love about the Murderbot Diaries is encapsulated here. The wonderful thing is that, if you enjoy this even half as much as I did, there are plenty more stories to come!

One of the interesting things that does get explored further in later books, is the future's attitude to gender identity. The humans all have names that feel familiar and are easily pronounceable - and yet are created wholesale by Wells - including Mensah, Ratthi, Arada, Amena, Overse, Pin-Lee, and so on. The names occasionally hint at a racial identity, but there is never a gender identity inherently linked to the name. Due to the way Wells has written this, we might not encounter a character's chosen pronoun until several pages or even chapters later. I found this so refreshing! We are able to form an idea of each character's traits before knowing their gender. We also discover that formal marriage relationships can encompass multiple partners across any/all genders.

While there is plenty to be scared of in this corporatized future, there is also much to be celebrated! Wells does a magnificent job in world-building and in characterisation.

Highly recommended!

GLO, Sydney, 15 April 2023

It's time to start planning events again - and crossing our fingers that all will be well!

I am planning to attend GLO (Gay Lit Oz) an LGBT+ Genre Author Signing Event to be held in Sydney, Australia on 15 April 2023. All kinds of wonderful authors will be there - and I hope you will be, too!

Join the Facebook group to keep up to date with the news.

And I'd love for you to join my Facebook group!

I have a Facebook group for my friends, readers and fellow travellers, called Life, Libraries, Love and Knitting. We are a small group so far, with a fairly low-key dynamic - while I want to keep the atmosphere relaxed and informal, I would love for more of you to join us!

As you'll gather from the group's name, I don't intend this to be all about me and my writing, but instead about anything in life that we love, whether that's knitting or not! 

Please do click the link and ask to join. As required by Facebook, there are rules to agree to and questions to answer - but seeing as that's part of their efforts to keep interactions civil, I trust you won't find it too onerous.

We'd love to see you there!

P.S. This is where I make ARCs available…

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