Lethe Press, Day 1 Giveaway: Comrades-in-Arms by Rita Oakes
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To celebrate On Top Down Under Book Review’s 3rd blog-versary, Steve Berman and Lethe Press have kindly offered to give away a book a day during the entire month of October.
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Comrades-in-Arms by Rita Oakes
Long before “Don’t ask don’t tell,” gays served in the military–sometimes openly–more often in secret. In this volume the author imagines what their lives might have been like. Within, you will find tales of historical fiction mixed occasionally with supernatural horror, including: A French fusilier fighting guerrillas and growing disillusionment in Napoleonic Spain; soldiers encountering the unthinkable during the 1812 occupation and retreat from Moscow; a good-natured Wiltshire man finding companionship and courage amid the muck and misery of the Western Front; downed American airman realizing everyone is not quite as they seem as he takes refuge with a band of Polish partisans during World War II; and more. Comrades-in-Arms offers tales of battles and the aftermath, of comradeship, loss, duty, and discovery.
So how did Lethe discover Rita Oakes? A convention. Conventions are more than panels, dealers’ rooms, and crappy hotel food sold at outrageous prices. I was at Arisia (http://arisia.org/), a January science-fiction conference that is attended by a great many POC and transgender fans. A safe place. One of my established authors threw a Lethe luncheon with all sorts of snacks and Rita attended. She was quiet. I love chatting, so I started asking her about what she writes. When she mentioned stories with gay soldiers, I became excited. That has been a very successful historical niche for us. I told her when she was ready, I’d love to look at the ms.. Well…a long time passed. I was worried some other publisher had scooped her up before I could. But the truth of the matter was that Rita worked long and hard on her book to make the stories the best they could be. I think you’ll agree that the end result is spectacular.
We have two copies of Comrades-in-Arms, an October 2015 release, to give away. You may choose print or digital editions.