The Cosmic Turkey by Laura Ruth Loomis
August 4, 2020
Technology Hates Janet
After she accidentally smashes a floatcar through City Hall, the bureautopia sentences Janet to captaining the starship S.S. Turkey and its misfit crew. Her mission: to boldly rescue a prisoner from the one corner of the universe colder than her ex-boyfriend’s heart—Pluto. Which, aside from not even being a real planet, is the one place in the universe where chocolate is illegal.
In between studying The Space-Faring Moron’s Guide to Common Science Fiction Plot Devices, falling for a rival captain’s boyfriend, and avoiding unnecessary time travel, Janet has a chance to save two worlds...
Or doom them to permanent chocolatelessness.
Painter of the Dead by Catherine Butzen
October 6, 2020
Theodora Speer loves her job: painting history at a museum. Every job has its downsides, however, and when the Egyptology department needs funds (especially in light of the recent spate of museum thefts), she grudgingly trades her painting smock for an evening gown. Charming donors isn’t usually her idea of a good time, but this evening is different—she meets the mysterious Seth Adler.
Seth Adler is under a lot of stress, and most of it comes from the local museum’s acquisition of a very specific Egyptian mummy. His family has been donating to the Egyptology department for years, so attending a fundraising gala seems just the ticket to getting closer to the mummy. He doesn’t expect to meet Theo, refreshing in her honesty and intriguing him against his better judgment.
When Seth’s plan for the mummy collides with Theodora, the evening ends with Seth killing himself. Except it turns out he’s not so dead after all, and it’s up to Theo to keep him that way. Even if it means fleeing the police, practicing ancient Egyptian magic, and confronting the real thief.