Today I am so pleased to welcome Angel Martinez to Joyfully Jay. Angel has come to talk to us about her latest release, The Solstice Pudding. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


When You’ve Set A Precedent…

A couple of years ago, one of my publishers (Mischief Corner Books) put out an open call for queer holiday stories and subsequently expressed their disappointment to me that the submissions had, at that point, only been gay romance.

I raised my hand. “I’ll write you a lesbian one.”

MCB: “It’s going to be a science fiction story, isn’t it?”

Me: “Yes?”

MCB: “Go for it.”

That story, Safety Protocols for Human Holidays, was my first lesbian science fiction humor holiday story—not my first lesbian story, but, well, the rest is rather specific—based on the fairly well known Tumblr posts regarding Human Steve. (Human Steve is the sole human, for whatever reason, living among aliens. They’re constantly puzzled by human behaviors such as keeping predators as companion animals.)

It really was supposed to be a one-off. Something fun and a little different for the holidays. But readers really enjoyed it (Safety Protocols also won Best Lesbian SF/Futuristic in this year’s Rainbow Awards), and asked if I would please write more of those. Normally, when readers ask for a specific thing, my answer is, “We’ll see how it goes.” I never know from month to month what’s coming at me and where the writing will drag me.

For this? In what may have been a moment of slipping sanity, I said, “Let’s make it an annual tradition!”

And there you have it. The Annual Angel Martinez Lesbian Science Fiction Humor Holiday Story. Or the AAMLSFHHS, which looks like my cat walked across the keyboard. Safety Protocols for Human Holidays was the first, the story of the lone human crewmember of a multi-species starship. Yule Planet was last year’s offering in which a self-absorbed woman’s resort planet dream vacation turns disastrous.

And this year, we have The Solstice Pudding, in which a space station’s chief of small craft repair finds the perfect Solstice present for the women she’s pining for. Of course, it all goes terribly, terribly wrong.

As new holiday traditions go, it’s been a rather fun one.


Chief Engineer Shandi Leavenworth has been crushing on Major Tyra Sur ever since she joined station staff, though the laconic customs officer doesn’t give up personal information easily. A few scraps of information leads Shandi to the perfect Solstice present, until of course everything goes horribly wrong.

Major Sur took the job on Onwa Station for the stability, the quiet, and out of a need to be useful. It’s been all of those things up until the woman she’s been quietly flirting with at the bar puts in a desperate call for help. There’s no question they need to save the station, but Tyra’s not so sure about saving their budding relationship.


While Angel Martinez is the pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of queer fiction – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

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