Book Bites: The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron with A.C. Wise

Book Bites is Cooking the Books more easygoing cousin. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. 

Today, author and editor (and friend!) A.C. Wise joins us to talk about her short story collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, out this month from Lethe Press. And she had one of her characters make me a cocktail! So pull up a barstool and welcome A.C. Wise!

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The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again is a collection of inter-linked short stories featuring a team of women (and the occasional scantily-clad men) kicking ass in sequins, high heels, velvet, feathers, and lamé. With that set up in mind, I figured why not take things a step further into the ridiculous and sublime and intersperse the stories with cocktail recipes matched to each character. It’s been a heck of a lot of fun coming up with custom recipes (and testing them out). Though, really, Sapphire deserves most of the credit. She is the Glitter Squadron’s Bartender Supreme, after all. When I suggested she design a cocktail for our gracious Book Bites host, she jumped at the chance…

From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails

Wilde Lady

  • 2 oz cucumber-infused gin
  • 1oz fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1oz Cointreau
  • A dash of orange bitters (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well, and pour into a well-chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon or lime.

This is a variation on the classic White Lady cocktail, because our Ms. Wilde deserves a drink of her very own. This is the perfect drink to sip on a summer’s day, sitting on a porch swing, pen and notebook in hand, dreaming of flying. Recruitment is really Bunny’s thing, but if you ask me, I think Ms. Wilde has the makings of Glitter Squadron material. Of course, we’ll have to see about adding a few more sequins to her wardrobe first!

Read the first story in The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again.

A.C. Wise’s short stories have appeared in Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1,and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015, among other places. Her debut short story collection,The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, was published by Lethe Press in October 2015. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly Women to Read: Where to Start column to SF Signal. Find her online at and on twitter as @ac_wise.

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