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For your consideration…

Musician Nikole Potulsky said something in a recent Facebook post that really resonated with me:

“Self confidence says, I can do it. Self esteem says, what I can do has value.”

Okay, not so much “resonated” as “mind blown.” I know exactly where I fall in that equation, and now I also know what I need to work on.

To that end…Hugo Award nominations are open. If you are in the position to nominate, please consider my 2016 short story publications in science fiction and fantasy:

  • “Unraveling the Truth,” Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar anthology
  • “Hedging the Witch,” Uncollected Anthology, Issue 9: Fabulous Familiars
  • “Land of the Living,” Haunted anthology
  • “Tendrils, Twining,” Uncollected Anthology, Issue 8: Out of the Woods
  • “Ignite the Night,” Sparks anthology
  • “Rhapsody in Blue,” Uncollected Anthology, Issue 7: Happily Ever Afters
  • “Queen and Fool,” Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix anthology

I have no idea whether any of these stories are Hugo-nomination-worthy. Fear (lack of self esteem) tells me they probably aren’t.

Fuck that.

I didn’t think I’d written anything special with “The Scent of Amber and Vanilla,” but Publisher’s Weekly liked it and then it was shortlisted for The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016, so clearly I know nothing. Nothing.

What I do know is that I’m going to keep writing, and keep getting better, and keep working on the self esteem portion of psyche.

February means story releases!

Let’s start the month off with a bang!

You already know about “Rhapsody in Blue,” my urban fantasy—with a twist of romance—as part of the Uncollected Anthology project.

clowns coverI’m also chuffed to announce my story, “Queen and Fool,” in Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix. Now, coulrophobia is a fear of clowns, so be warned, this anthology of flash fiction about clowns is…disturbing. And when I say “disturbing,” I mean that in the best possible way.

Interesting fact: I wrote this entire story on a plane. I can’t remember where or when (I could dig back into my journal and suss it out, but I have other stuff to do, like, you know, writing the next story/novel), but I remember writing it and thinking “This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written. If anyone’s looking over my shoulder, well, it’s their own damn fault.”

Thankfully, the editors were open to that weirdness.

I hope you are, too.

Buy Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Buy “Rhapsody in Blue”:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Omnilit | Smashwords | iBooks

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Reasons why you should come to my booksigning

Reasons why you should come to my booksigning in Salem tomorrow.

  1. The book, Sparks, is an amazing anthology of Young Adult fiction by some phenomenal writers. I haven’t read all the stories yet, but the ones I have? They will blow you away.
  2. It’s not just my booksigning—four of the authors will be there. That’s a lot of bang for your buck (and signatures in your book)!
  3. Author signings are an exercise in humiliation (I have stories) (personal stories).* So your presence gives you two options: (a) lessen my humiliation or (b) stand in the corner and witness my humiliation and giggle. Your choice.
  4. The book is a limited edition pre-release available only at this signing! So you will get a collector’s item!
  5. Boooooks! So many books!
  6. Reading is sexy!
  7. There will be cookies.
  8. I will probably wear something more formal than a Styx T-shirt.
  9. I might even wear makeup.
  10. Support local bookstores! Wooh!
  11. Did I mention how wonderful and positive and empowering the stories in this book are?
  12. And that I’ll be signing with authors Leslie Claire Walker, Kim May, and Sharon Joss?
  13. Plus, cookies!

Reader’s Guide Bookstore
735 Edgewater St. NW, Salem
1-3 pm

*Like, the time the only person who talked to me was a homeless guy. Who was not interested in my book. Or the time I sold one whole book…to two people who were going to share it. (Don’t get me wrong: I’m very happy they bought my book and I’m very, very happy when someone reads my book by any means possible, including borrowing from a friend and libraries, because my ultimate goal is to share my work with others. It was just that this was a huge signing with hundreds of readers…) Or the time my books didn’t show up. (Okay, that wasn’t humiliating, just kinda sad.) Or…

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Fantasy Adrift is now available!

Fiction River has produced another amazing volume of fantasy, and I’m not just saying that because Fantasy Adrift contains one of my stories. I’m saying it because holy moly, check out the authors in this one!

Foreword: Sailing Forward Dean Wesley Smith
Introduction: Stories on Demand Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Legacy Irette Y. Patterson
Shaman Leslie Claire Walker
The Red-Stained Wishing Tree Eric Stocklassa
Shifting Jinn Rebecca S.W. Bates
Still Red Kara Legend
Generations Steve Perry
In The Play of Frigid Women Dean Wesley Smith
Old Magics Steven Mohan, Jr.
My Real Cousin Ruby Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Leave a Candle Burning Dayle Ivy
The Magic Man JC Andrijeski

“Leave a Candle Burning” is set in my beloved Adirondacks on a snowy Christmas holiday. It’s got a ghost and a romance, and it’s one of those stories I wrote because it’s the type of story I love to read.

You can read what the publisher says about Fantasy Adrift here, and more about all the issues of Fiction River here.

FR Fantasy Adrift ebook cover web

Indoors and out

We have some new Andrea Dale stories available: One that takes place in the big city and two set in the great outdoors. Enjoy!

“Come to My Window”

Small-town girl Katy craves the big city, the bright lights, the energy and passion…and the woman who would introduce it all to her. She finds all that and more in sophisticated Emilie, who presses her naked against a window and forces her to face her deepest, darkest desires. A lesbian short story “packed full of hot steamy sex.”

“‘Come to my Window’ by Andrea Dale is another story that I found refreshing and well written. It’s short, about 9 pages, but it’s packed full of hot steamy sex in a unique and fun setting – pressed against a window overlooking the city of New York. Who wouldn’t have an orgasm with that kind of view, not to mention the excitement of possibly of being seen in the act.”

“Further spankings and a dose of Gallic humiliation is administered in Andrea Dales’ ‘Come to my Window,’ a sort of coming of age story filled with revelations and humiliations while having one’s bottom pleasantly blistered.”

“Come to My Window” originally appeared in Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica (Cleis Press, 2009)

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords


“In Flight”

When you’ve been screwed by an ex, it’s hard to trust again. It takes a red-tailed hawk named Rudy and a sexy falconer named Pam to teach a broken woman how to respect herself and love again. A spicy-sweet lesbian love story.

“In Flight” originally appeared in Best Lesbian Love Stories: Summer Flings (Alyson Publications, 2007) and was republished in Best Lesbian Romance 2009 (Cleis Press, 2009)

“Andrea Dale’s ‘In Flight’ has metaphorical power.”
— Seattle Gay News

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords


“After the Rain”

Can a homebody Adirondack hotel clerk find happiness with a gregarious world-traveling Australian? Or will their erotic encounter in the rain-dappled forest be the extent of their relationship? A sexy and touching lesbian short story.

“After the Rain” originally appeared in Travelrotica for Lesbians: Erotic Travel Adventures(Alyson Books, 2006)

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords

I'm in a book trailer!

Well, at least, my voice is, reading two sentences from my story “Wasn’t It Good?”, which appears in Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex! I didn’t have time to get all gussied up and figure out how to record a movie of myself, so my voice is what you’re gonna get.

The book trailer is up on YouTube, and isn’t graphic, but it’s still probably NSFW. (It’s sensuous/steamy/sexy.)

Can you guess which excerpt is mine before you see the credits?  😉

Best Bondage Erotica 2011 now available!

Wooh! Just got word that Best Bondage Erotica 2011, which contains a reprint of my story “How the Little Mermaid Got Her Tail Back,” is now available for purchase! Go forth, ya’ll, and buy!

I mean, look at this lineup of amazing authors!

The Long Way Home, Elizabeth Coldwell

His Little Apprentice, Jacqueline Applebee
Foreign Exchange, Evan Mora
The Ingénue,
Janine Ashbless
Reasoning, Tenille Brown
Subdue, Dusty Horn
Relative Anonymity,
Closeted, Emily Bingham
Vegas Treat,
Rachel Kramer Bussel
The Cartographer, Angela Caperton
The Apiary, Megan Butcher
Lisabet Sarai
How the Little Mermaid Got Her Tail Back,
Andrea Dale
The Lady or the Tiger, Bill Kte’pi
Sealed for Freshness, Jennifer Peters
Stocks and Bonds, Rita Winchester
Helen Lay Bound, Suzanne V. Slate
The Rainmaker, Elizabeth Daniels
Do You See What I Feel?
Teresa Noelle Roberts
Truss Issues, Lux Zakari

And this cover!


Best best best!

Wowsa! The inestimable Violet Blue just released her “Best Sex Books 2009” list, and I have stories in three of the anthologies!

(Note: The above link is to SF Gate, the online version of The San Francisco Chronicle, so it’s safe for work in terms of no nudity, etc.. But this is still a list of fiction and nonfiction about sex.)

1. Playing With Fire: Taboo Erotica


Sweetest Loss


And a big “rock on!” shout out to the fabulous editors who saw fit to buy my stories: Alison Tyler, DL King, and Rachel Kramer Bussel!

Some great reviews!

“Singling out individual stories in this collection is hard because each of them is effective in its own way. However, one especially memorable story for me is the one lesbian story in this collection: “Devouring Heart” by Andrea Dale. In this heartbreaking tale, the good intentions of both vampire and mortal can’t make up for the communication gap between them. This relationship makes a valid-enough metaphor for real-life relationships in an incestuous lesbian community, and the story seems true to its literary roots.”

“‘Devouring Heart’ is the only lesbian tale in the book and Andrea Dale presents a heartbreaking tale of love and how far a lover will go to keep a partner. There is a good use of metaphor between the title and the relationship and this is one of the few tales that ends sadly, yet I have a tender place for this as one of my favorites for evoking that aching sense of love and love lost.”

And this about “If the Shoe Fits…” in The Trouble With Heroes:

“And Dayle A. Dermatis’s ‘If the Shoe Fits’ is a funny (and rather ingenious) semi-modern twist on Cinderella, in which we find out why that shoe was really so important to everyone.”

Thank you, kind reviewers. You’ve made my week!