Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident Audio Now Available & FAQs (Special Extras)

The Hedgehog Incident AT LAST IN AUDIO! Here!

For those of you who missed the Subterranean special edition, Fan Service, (or could not afford it, or don’t like print editions) I have been working diligently to get you the audiobook of the special short story Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident. And now it available! The digital ebook version will be available Feb 16, 2020.

Yes this is the one that relays how Alexia and Conall first met!

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Directly from Gail!

Google Play

Other vendors are coming but honestly you can just get it direct and then you don’t have to wait.

Digital preorder is up too, here’s where you can get it:

Amazon | Kobo | Apple | B&N | Elsewhere

Why Preorders Matter

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This is the story of how Alexia and Conall met for the first time. AKA the Hedgehog Incident. It is ONLY A SHORT STORY! It is NOT A FULL BOOK. The audiobook is just a little over an hour long.

Questions You May Have

Why are we waiting on the digital edition?

Because I feel like audiobook listeners never get any special treatment they are always left waiting for their version and it usually comes last. I wanted to give them something special for a change.

Is that OG Alexia on the cover?

Yes. Donna (my cover model) and I remain friends to this day. She happened to have some more photos from that old series of shoots she did (which ended up on the original Parasol Protectorate series). I bought one and ta da!

What else can you say about the story?

In Meat Cute, Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog. Look out for cheeky appearances from other much beloved characters, not to mention the strategic application of a certain wicker chicken.

Will this one be available individually in print?

No, it’s too short.

I have considered turning it into special swag, like a mini sample booklet, but there doesn’t seem to be a good printing service designed specifically for that. I’m too old to figure out how to do it for myself in a way that isn’t prohibitively expensive in time and money.

It may be in another omnibus some day, or at the back of one of my novellas, or in an short story collection or anthology, and I will let you know if/when that happens.

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Will Fan Service be available again?

No. Special hardcover books are by definition limited run. That means only 550 (or so) books are ever printed. It’s part of the promise to those who buy them, that no more will be made so it really is a special collectors item.

There will me more special editions of that style in the future though. And least I really hope so.

Yours (plugged into audio),

Miss Gail

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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

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In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

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