The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again is here! Well, technically it’s been available for about a week, but since October 20th is the original release date I was given, I’m considering today the collection’s birthday. Or, perhaps coming out party, if you will. And that means it’s time to celebrate!
What exactly is the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again? It’s a collection of inter-linked short stories about trans women, cis women, and queer women (with the occasional cameo by a few scantily-clad men), all looking fabulous while saving the world. Two of the stories are reprints, and the rest are brand spanking new. You can read the story that started it all – Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron – in its original form at Ideomancer. The collection is available in paperback and Kindle format, and Publishers Weekly seemed to like it, so maybe you will too. But wait, there’s more! Even if glitter, high heels, gender-fuckery, and saving the world aren’t your thing, the book also contains cocktail recipes. So, if nothing else, at least I can help you getting drunk.
Which brings us to the title of this post, Sapphire’s Super Secret Speakeasy Tour. It’s not all that secret, but it does involve alcohol. What better way to celebrate a collection full of drink recipes than with more drink recipes? Over the next few months, I’ll be in various places in person and online, scattering drink recipes around me as I go. (It turns out people are more amenable to that than me scattering glitter. Silly people.) So if you want more cocktails designed by the Glitter Squadron’s supreme mixologist (and who wouldn’t?) here’s where you can find them.
Sapphire’s Super Secret Speakeasy Tour
Shimmer – October 19 – E. Catherine Tobler, chief badger-wrangler at Shimmer, was kind enough to interview me, and design a fabulous drag name/cocktail name generator. Use your first and last initial to create your name, and put your result in the comments for chance to win your own customized drink recipe and a glittery flask so you can take the party with you wherever you go.
Book Bites – October 19 – The wonderful Fran Wilde invited me to her blog to chat a bit about the collection. Of course, a cocktail recipe ensued.
Uncanny – October 21 -The Space Unicorn Ranger Corp gave me space to talk about listening to constructive criticism and using it to make your writing stronger. There’s a recipe for a shot at the end of the post, in case you ever wondered what sort of alcohol space unicorns favor.
Shimmer – October 23 – Because I behaved myself and didn’t spread glitter all over the carpet the first time around, Shimmer invited me back to do a guest post. I wrote about female friendships, and, of course designed them their very own cocktail recipe.
Browseabout Books – On November 14 from 2 – 4 p.m., I’ll be doing a signing at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and I’ll be bringing a fresh new cocktail recipe with me to hand out. If you’re in the area, drop by and get one!
Main Point Books – On December 10 at 7 p.m., I’ll be reading at Main Point Books in Rosemont, PA. Not only will I have drink recipes to hand out, I’ll have drinks themselves. Come by, have a cocktail, have a cookie, and listen to me read about glitter.
Links and additional information will be added as things crop up. Now, I’ll leave you with a recipe to kick things off.
From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails
(Orange You Glad) It’s Party Time
2 sugar cubes
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz nectarine juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Cointreau
Dash of orange bitters
Orange slice garnish
Crush one sugar cube, and use it to create a sugar rim on a champagne flute. Place other sugar cube in glass and splash with orange bitters. Add juices, Cointreau, and top with champagne. Garnish with a slice of orange.
This is it, honeys, our big debut. What better way to start the party than with champagne? So let’s pop that cork and get our glitter on.