Sandra McDonald

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Sandra McDonald is a Navy veteran, college instructor and former Hollywood assistant. Her acclaimed science fiction novels are about love, duty and really big spaceships. As Sam Cameron, she also writes adventure books set in the Florida Keys for gay and straight teens.

Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of national, small press and online magazines and anthologies. Her collection "Diana Comet and other Improbable Stories" won the Lambda Literary Award for science fiction/fantasy, was a Booklist Edtior's Choice, and is an American Library Association "Over the Rainbow" noted book.

Novels for adults:

Boomerang World (2012)
The Outback Stars (2007)
The Stars Down Under (2008)
The Stars Blue Yonder (2009)

Series novels for young readers:

Mystery of the Tempest (2011)
The Secret of Othello (Fall 2012)
The Missing Juliet (2014)

Other YA novels:

Kings of Ruin (Spring 2013)
Annie Wu Saves the Universe (Summer 2012)

Where to find Sandra McDonald online


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Fat Chances
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014 by Sandra McDonald. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
For girlfriends Taylor and Nova, life at a boarding school for obese kids is made bearable only by each other. But when a secret time machine offers Taylor the chance to save her dad from being killed in Iraq, she changes history in ways she never imagined. Now Taylor's living the life of a skinny girl, struggling to meet her family's expectations while separated from the love of her life.
Fireland: Jimmy Loves Rob
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,790. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014 by Sandra McDonald. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Fighting fires and rescuing victims is dangerous work. For L.A. paramedics Rob Decker and Jimmy Cole, the 1970's are also a time of sexual conflict and realizations. The two men struggle to resolve Jimmy's homosexuality and Rob's asexuality against a backdrop of accidents, disasters, and infernos.
If You Like Boys
Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014 by Sandra McDonald. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Sean Garrity: millionaire jet-setter, world's most eligible gay teen, regularly voted Sexiest 16 Year Old on the Planet. At least in his dreams. In real life he's looking for the perfect summer love in the Florida Keys. When two mysterious brothers move to town, Sean might get his shot--but dark family secrets stand in the way. Part of the award-winning Fisher Key series for GLBTQ teens.

Books

Lovely Little Planet: Stories of the Apocalypse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,090. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
The end is nearer than you think. The world to come is full of bleak humor, sketchy survivors, and bittersweet nostalgia for what was lost. This collection of short stories from award-winning author Sandra McDonald includes zombies, robots, Hollywood snark, transgender heroines, and gay cowboy robots. Indulge your sweet tooth for disaster, poignancy and humor.
Fleet - A Transgender Sci Fi story
Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
For Isa Howard, a transgendered woman on Guam, life after the apocalypse is filled with family, fishing, and waiting for the return of civilization. When a trip across the island goes wrong, she must choose between saving herself and serving her community. It's no choice at all. Reprinted in the Year's Best Science Fiction.
Draq Queen Astronaut and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,140. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Transgender.Transvestite. Bisexual. These four groundbreaking stories center on people whose sexuality and gender don't fit into tidy boxes. From a WWII battleship to the lunar landscape, they struggle with identity, intimacy, and romance in a world that rejects who they are or want to be. Includes stories noted by Tiptree and Lambda Literary Awards.
Hollywood Loves Me: From Navy Lieutenant to Hollywood Assistant
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,580. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
The journey from Navy officer to Hollywood assistant is no easy road to follow. Chasing a dream, former lieutenant Sandra McDonald finds herself filling out Michael Eisner's expense reports, picking up dog poop for an A-list Oscar winner, and standing in a limo line next to Sting. Now an award-winning author, she recounts her Hollywood years with humor and grace.
Ettie Ruiz Rescues the Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,050. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Ettie Ruiz never imagined she'd get stranded in 19th century China. Now she's sailing down the Yangtze River, visiting the fabled city of Shanghai, and trying to save the planet from a rogue comet. With the help of her friends and the girl she'd like to kiss, Ettie's on a mission to rescue the past before the future itself ceases to exist.
Divided Worlds
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,810. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Manchester, New Hampshire. A city of old mills and secret histories. When forty-something Caroline investigate a sound in her aunt's root cellar, she's carried off to danger and romance in a wilderness version of New England where Mohawk Indians still roam. Can twenty-something James help her get home, or will family secrets destroy them both?
A Garden in England
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 10,650. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When teenage Ashna follows her young mistress from India back to Yorkshire, she finds herself in a forbidding manor with an amorous lord and one ally, the handsome but uneducated footman John. A novelette-length story of The Secret Garden's servants and backstairs intrigue by the award-winning author of the young adult Fisher Key series.
Moonlight and Bleach
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
By day, Tania's a junior lawyer in Brooklyn with no love life. Every full moon, she turns into a were-maid compelled to clean up after other people's messes. When fireman Mike enters her life, it's love at first swipe for him. But Tania knows better than to mix cleaning with pleasure. A humorous short story from author Sandra McDonald, who hates cleaning but loves Brooklyn.
The Cat Who Signed
Price: Free! Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
"The trouble with cat people is that they cater and spoil the little beasts.You have to be firm. Set limits." Or so Dylan, a deaf writer in Ohio, believes when he accepts an invitation to cat-sit for a friend in Brooklyn. But Milord is no ordinary cat, and what should be a blissful week in the city soon turns into interspecies war. A humorous story by Sandra McDonald, who is owned by many cats.
Boomerang World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,980. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Tom Carter wants to go home. He's a 25th century pilot stranded far from Earth, out of luck and out of money. On the orbital vacation islands of Boomerang World, his only chance hinges on rescuing a runaway sea princess. With the help of Nona Tiare, a military officer with plans of her own, Tom just might succeed--and find true love. Or perhaps just start an interstellar war...
Love Land
Price: Free! Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Andrea throws away law school for an impromptu trip to the island paradise of Guam, where her parents married on the beach. A trip to the erotic guarden of Love Land can help her find her own heart's desire, if she lets a heroic firefighter into her life.
Diana Comet and the Christmas Quilt
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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A worried teenager seeks the help of the famous Diana Comet to fix her little brother, who's being bullied for wearing girl's clothing. A short story for transgender and straight readers based on the award-winning collection Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories.
Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,590. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Booklist Editor's Choice and winner of Lambda Literary award, this collection of whimsical and evocative short transgender and gay fiction takes readers to distant lands and unforgettable characters.
Annie Wu Saves the Future
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,280. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Annie Wu loves science, hates history and has a fear of flying. Surely it's a joke when Aunt Zan announces Annie's the only hope of stopping intergalactic war, along with an unhappy crew and broken time machine. It's going to take 6 teenagers, a computer named Watchdog and famous female scientists from history to save the future - if they survive the past and present first.
Transfictions: The Commander of Marsbase
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mehmet is new to Mars. But he's not new to human anatomy. A story of medical records, Hollywood musicals, and unexpected discoveries.
The Instrument
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In a desert hanger, a lonely corpse speaks out. A story of war and consequences by the award-winning speculative fiction writer Sandra McDonald
Spam of God
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Everyone gets junk email. But when one man starts receiving email from God, it's time to start reading more closely . . . a humorous short story by the award winning author Sandra McDonald.
Lost and Found
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A young girl's father creates a search engine to find lost car keys and other objects. But can it find the most previous things we lose? A story by the award-winning speculative author Sandra McDonald, originally published in the online magazine Strange Horizons.
Recipe for Survival
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Cod, hard tack and salt pork: a traditional Newfie dish and a recipe for tragedy. A short story by the award-winning author Sandra McDonald, whose grandparents came from Harbour Grace and St. Mary's.
Women of the Lace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Trapped on a deserted tropical island, an old woman explains the improbable history of magical lace and famous queens.
The Hero of Ward 6
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Jack is gay, middle-aged, and tired of teaching college. His alter ego is a superhero who can't spell. Together they fight neighborhood crime - or maybe not.
Tupac Shakur and the End of the World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » General
A post-apocalyptic tale of travel, loss, hope, and movie trivia.
The Ghost Girls of Rumney Mill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Dead kids haunt the mill and old paint factory. When a new boy ghost joins them, he wants to wear dresses and not pants. Originally published in Realms of Fantasy Magazine. James A. Tiptree Award Short List.
Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A whimsical tale of a woman, an apocalypse, and the sexy ice-skating cowboy robots she spends the rest of her life with. A short story by the award-winning author of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories. Originally published in Strange Horizons. James A. Tiptree Award Honor List 2012
Revere Karma
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Four short stories of whimsy and mystery set in Revere, Massachusetts by award-winning author Sandra McDonald. Includes: Mrs. Gillingham's Constitutional - a walk up Winthrop Ave, with a twist. Constituent Work - magic at City Hall. Recipe for Survival - cooking up tragedy on Bellingham Ave. Life Sentence - a murderer on Charger Street.
The Monsters of Morgan Island
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
One strange girl. One strange island. Monsters thrown into the pit at the end of Main Street. One winter, everything changes -- but not for the better. A short story by the award-winning author of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories. Originally published in Asimov's magazine.Tangent Recommended Reading List.
The Writer's Orchard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
An actor, a writer, a weekend in Maine, and a pretty little orchard that grows story apples. What could go possibly wrong with biting into an unfamiliar fruit? A short story by the award-winning author of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories.
The Mountains of Key West
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young military wife. A tropical island filled with unhappiness. One day a stranger appears in a boat, promising happiness in the mountains on the horizon. But since when have there been mountains in Key West? A short story by the award-winning author of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories.
Fir Na Tine (Men of Fire)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
They smolder with inner flames. They love with passion and fury. The Fir Na Tine - Men of Fire - are firefighters cursed by the gift of Prometheus. Can one woman survive the fire of true love? A short story by the award-winning author of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories.

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