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Queer Sci Fi – Flight

Posted: 21. September 2016 in Blog

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In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.

This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various
Cover & Illustrations Artist: Mila May
Length: 33.6 K
Format: ebook, print
Release Date: General release 9/21/16
Pairing: LGBTIQA
Price: $4.99 eBook, $12.99 print b/w*, $24.99 print color*

*Book contains 5 illustrations inside.

 

 

Blurb:

 

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

 

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

 

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

 

Excerpt:

Smoke, by Zev de Valera

He rubbed his temples and squinted at the soft light of his surroundings through the fans of his thick eyelashes. The last drink had been a mistake.

Was that a shaker he’d felt, or the onset of a hangover?

He clutched a silken pillow and waited.

Suddenly, he felt his home tremble; a few pieces of glass

and ceramic ware teetered and then fell to their demise.

Shit. This is the real thing.

With an effort, he hauled himself from his bed.

How many years had it been since the last one?

Sixty? Seventy?

The shaking ceased, and he looked around his small dwelling.
A model unit when he’d purchased it. Now filled with the result of years of collecting: a gramophone, a first generation television set, a water clock. And much more. All of it all had sentimental value—as did the photos of the various men that sat atop or alongside the items in his collection. Some of these men had loved him. All of them had once owned him. Now he owned their memories. That was the bargain.

Another shake. Followed by several unnerving tilts. He willed his cherished possessions to remain in place and willed himself into sobriety and a more becoming appearance as he prepared himself for work.

What to wear?

He selected a red brocade tunic and pants. A classic look always worked best for the initial consultation.

A resounding thud.

He peered up into the small shaftway at the center of the ceiling.

A pop.

Then a small circle of light at the end of the shaft.

He sighed, folded his arms, and transformed into a cloud of red smoke.

Up and away to meet his new master.

Judge’s Choice — J. Scott Coatsworth

 

 

Buy Links Etc:

 

Publisher (info only, no buy link yet): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/flight-qsfs-third-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L0R0JRK

 

Apple: Coming soon

 

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-flightqueerscifisthirdannualflashfictioncontest-2091592-341.html

 

Barnes & Noble: Coming soon

 

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/flight-49

 

Smashwords: Coming soon

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31686600-flight

 

Goodreads Series Page: https://www.goodreads.com/series/187509-qsf-flash-fiction

 

The authors:

Colton Aalto
Kiterie Aine
Odin Alexander
John Allenson
Tam Ames
R.R. Angell
Bran Lindy Ayres

Jeff Baker
Jessica Bansbach
J.P. Barnaby
Capri S. Bard
Jonah Bergen
Michael J. Bode
L.M. Brown
Marie Brown
Michelle Browne
‘Nathan Burgoine
Iona Burnfield
A.M. Burns

Katelyn Cameron
Hank T. Cannon
Foster Bridget Cassidy
Skylar M. Cates
H.J. Chacon
M.A. Church
Rebecca Cohen
S.A. Collins
J. Comer
Ross Common
Elliot Cooper
Gretchen Crane

Jase Daniels
Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Avery Dawes
Zev de Valera
Bey Deckard
Jana Denardo
Nicole Dennis
Kellie Doherty
Jude Dunn

Tray Ellis
Rhi Etzweiler
Thursday Euclid

K.C. Faelan
Christina Mary Francis
L.E. Franks
J.R. Frontera
Liz Fury

Elizabella Gold
Ofelia Gränd
S.E. Greer
M.D. Grimm

Jenna Hale
Kaje Harper
Qaida Harte
Saxon Hawke
Kelly Haworth
Cheryl Headford
Valentina Heart

Jaylee James
Jambrea Jo Jones
Michael M. Jones
Ryvr Jones
Ellery Jude

Jon Keys
K-lee Klein

Jennifer Lavoie
A.M. Leibowitz
Mario K. Lipinski
L.V. Lloyd
Clare London
Meraki P. Lyhne

Lloyd A. Meeker
Eloreen Moon
John Moralee
Christopher Hawthorne Moss
E.W. Murks

Rory Ni Coiliean
Jackie Nacht
Thea Nishimori
Bealevon Nolan
Alicia Nordwell

Mathew Ortiz

Nina Packebush

Donald Qualls
Kirby Quinlan

Mann Ramblings
Loren Rhoads

Jojo Saunders
Brent D. Seth
L.M. Somerton
Rin Sparrow
Andrea Speed
Paul Stevens
Ginger Streusel
Jerome Stueart

Julia Talbot
Jo Tannah

Natsuya Uesugi
Allen Walton
A.T. Weaver
Missy Welsh
Eric Alan Westfall
Brandon Witt
Alexis Woods
Christine Wright
P.T. Wyant
Victoria Zagar

 

When the hunter becomes the hunted, the only thing left to do is run

Today, June 1th, Jo Tannah releases a short stand-alone novella titled “The Hunt”.

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Lieutenant Marcus Kildud and his men are rangers for hire. They specialize in insertion, extraction, escape and evasion. He answers an urgent request from the Planet Terrus’ Prelate, the Lord Fulsam, whose son has disappeared and presumed dead.

Their task is to find the ring the Prelate’s son wore. The promised compensation and bonus offered are enough to make this their team’s final mission.

What they meet in the forest is something none of them had ever encountered before. Marcus now faces the unimaginable. He realizes too late that sometimes, running away may be the only option left to staying alive.

Excerpt

 Day One

16:45:12 hours

WITH A HISS of decompressing air and a metallic groan, the ramp began to slowly lower open. Shafts of bright, white light pierced the dimness inside the cabin. Marcus flinched, brought his hand up and instinctively covered his eyes, then turned away from the natural brightness. Having been cooped up in the star cruiser, even for just a few hours, had made his eyes too used to the artificial muted light. A muffled thump and a blast of warm, moist air made him lower his hand, and he turned to look toward the opening. Through it he saw the color green. Marcus took a deep breath, taking in the moist, thick air, reminding himself for the hundredth time the reasons why he and his men were on this Goddess-forsaken planet. After he picked up his carry on, he moved toward the exit. He did not bother to look behind him to check if his men followed.

Marcus felt rivulets of sweat roll down between his shoulder blades and he groaned under his breath. He already regretted having accepting the case at all before remembering again why he had. With what they were looking to earn, they could all retire and not have to face separation from families and loved ones for days, even months, on end. However, reading about the planet’s oppressive heat and high humidity index and standing in it were two different things. Stopping at the edge of the landing platform, he looked up and around him seeing no relief from the green.

Everywhere stood massive, tall trees, thick shrubs, and even thicker ferns. He looked down when he felt his boot slide and saw that a thin layer of moss covered the path he stood on. Taking careful steps so he wouldn’t slip, Marcus walked over to where three pale-skinned, red haired men, dressed in light gray robes stood watching him and his men, eyes wide and full of fear.

 

About the Author:

I am a wife, mother and blogger by day, a writer by night. It can be  difficult to say the least but it is a challenge that keeps me on my toes.

I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me and finally I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long forgotten box and in it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken time to put to paper, brought to light that these were tales I never met in my readings.

The tales I write are fictional but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RCKB5J6

Twitter: @JoTannah

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/jotannahauthor

Website:  http://jotannah.com

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/JoTannah

Email: jotannah1@gmail.com

 

Details about the book:

Title: The Hunt
Author: Jo Tannah
Part of a series: No
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2016
Categories: M/M, LGBTQ, Sci-fi, Adventure, thriller, suspense, short read
Page Length: 36
Heat Rating: 0

 

Buy Links:

Amazon

Amazon UK:

Amazon CA:

Amazon DE

Amazon AU

 

Release Day Party and Interview

Posted: 10. April 2016 in Blog

Second AlphaHello all and welcome to the party!

Today, Rebecca James stopped by to celebrate the release of her new book, Second Alpha. I’m so happy about this because I’m a fan! I read First Omega not long ago, and reviewed it HERE, so I’m very much looking forward to this next installment.

Interview time!

Welcome, Rebecca, and thank you for wanting to stop by my blog on your busy day.

1. Which of the books you have written are you most proud of?

I’d say I’m fairly proud of all of them, but I’ve put a lot of work into my shifter books to make them original and interesting. I’m rather fond of the two MC’s in Love Will Find a Way, for some reason; and although it has sold the least copies, I am rather proud of Firefly Ranch, which I wrote for a cowboy submission call. I had to research quite a bit in order to write it, as I know very little about cowboys.

2. How many words do you write a day? Anywhere from zero to several thousand. I’m sure I’ve written 8k in a day before. I’m really quite prolific when inspired.

3. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what? I can’t! My mind won’t let me concentrate when I try that. But music definitely inspires me, and I sometimes listen to it before writing. Love songs work best for me. Ofentimes, ‘80’s love ballads!

4. What attracts you most to this genre? At a young age, I was very intrigued and moved by books and television shows that depicted men who were unusually close emotionally and physically. (Examples: A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the TV show Starsky and Hutch and the Spock/Kirk relationship on Star Trek.) Homosexuality didn’t occur to me at the time; I only knew that this male/male closeness really piqued my interest. Finding the genre has been like being released into a wonderful, previously unknown world. When I came across “slash” fan fiction, I was absolutely amazed to find that there were others who felt the way I did. Although I previously hadn’t considered sex as part of the equation, I found it a natural and pleasing addition to the equation. M/M romance has it all—that closeness between male characters plus romance and sensual erotica.

5. What other genres do you like to write? At the moment, I write contemporary and paranormal. I plan to add sci-fi to the mix very soon.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Good luck with the book and your future projects. I hope you, the readers, have enjoyed this interview, too.

First Omega and Second Alpha can be bought here:
First Omega jms-books
Second Alpha jms-books

And you can follow Rebecca James here:
Author’s webpage
Goodreads
Twitter
Facebook

Release Day Review

Posted: 10. February 2016 in Blog, Ikke kategoriseret

Running out of MoonlightRelease Day Interview, February 10th, 2016 with April Kelly

Today we meet April Kelly whose book, Running out of Moonlight (Saint Lake Series #2), is out today, February 10. You can find a release day review here.

Thank you all for stopping by. This is actually the first author interview on my blog, so I’m happy to have you at my kitchen table, April Kelly.

Thank you for having me.

Now, first important question: tea or coffee?

Coffee. Thank You.

Would you tell a bit about yourself while I find us a cup?

I’m from Southwest Michigan, about 10 minutes from Lake Michigan so I’m very lucky to draw some inspiration from the fantastic view when needed. I have two children, sixteen and seventeen years old. I’ve also been married for nineteen years to a wonderful husband who didn’t say a thing when I told him I wanted to try this writing thing. I’ve been published for one year now.

  1. What inspired the Saint Lake Series?

There’s a small town about four miles from my house that has three lakes and woods surrounding it. My weird mind wanted there to be dragon-shifters and other kinds of creatures in the town.

  1. How difficult was it for you to write Sage at this broken state?

I cried a lot will writing his story

  1. Which character is your favorite?

Of all the characters in the series, probably Bennett. I’m not sure why. Probably because he’s a straightforward type of guy. What you see is what you get with him.

  1. Plans for more in the series?

I’m planning for nine books in this series and I also have a spin-off series called Wingspan planned. I’m not sure how many books I’ll plan for the spin-off. I have three books that I’m developing so far.

  1. How did you fall in love with the shifter genre?

Well, I used to review books for a couple of the major review sites for the Erotic Romance and M/M genre’s in general. Through reviewing, I became a big fan of Charlie Richards and Stephani Hecht. Kim Dare also has a really great shifter series out.

  1. What book would you think it could be fun mixing with the Saint Lake Universe, and why?

What book of mine? Probably the Pickleville series. Jaron McAllister would shit himself if he saw a man shift into a dragon or wolf. It would be so funny to see the good citizens of Pickleville react to the paranormal world.

Of another authors? Probably Zoo by James Patterson. He’s such a technical writer and really gets into the science of why things happen. It would be fun to learn the science behind shifters and paranormals in general.

  1. How many dollars go into the dollar jar a year at Mother Estelle’s house? What does she use them for?

LOL With six sons and one daughter, I’m sure it’s in the thousands. And I’m not sure what she uses them for. I’ve never asked her, but knowing her the way I do she’d probably save the money and then give it to someone who really needs it. Maybe a clan member that’s having a difficult time financial. That’s what my mom did with our curse jar money. One year she gave the money to a family whose house burnt down so they could buy clothes or whatever. As her child, I’m just glad that my dirty mouth helped someone in need LOL.

Links to buy

Leave it All

http://www.amazon.com/Leave-All-Saint-Lakes-1-ebook/dp/B016U1OBFM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454503059&sr=8-1&keywords=leave+it+all

Running out of Moonlight

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Running-Moonlight-Saint-Lakes-Book-ebook/dp/B01A3DYW2A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454343886&sr=8-2&keywords=Running+Out+of+Moonlight

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/606331

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-runningoutofmoonlight-1964201-145.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-out-of-moonlight-april-kelley/1123248356?ean=2940152565911

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/running-out-of-moonlight

Author’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/authoraprilkelley
Author’s webpage http://www.authoraprilkelley.com/
Author’s Twitter @authoraprilkell
Author’s Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/aprillynn222/
Author’s Blog http://writeraprilkelley.blogspot.com/
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Time to write—organized

Posted: 29. December 2015 in Blog, Ikke kategoriseret

I’ve had a fantastic few months writing. I took an advice from a fellow author and made a schedule. I learned that keeping track of my writing by having pages with a visual progress upped my motivation, but it also helped me plan my time better.

So, November I managed 67.500 words and December so far is almost 50.000.

It will be interesting to see what 2016 has to offer with this new tool at hand, but I thought I’d share my success and hope other’s can learn from it and maybe improve their own quantity.

The first two pictures show how I divide a book into steps of 2500 words. These are my minimum quota pr. day. One page can be used over several months. I know they look a bit smudgy and messy, but I’m working on tweaking the tool during the New Year.

The calendar is a newly added tool for a bigger overview of my overall progress which is color coordinated to show more than just the daily progress.

 

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For instance:

  • Yellow are writing days where I’ve written at least 2500 words
  • Orange are editing days, and I’ve put about three months in for that all in all
  • Green is the day I finished a first draft
  • Blue is the day a book is published

For 2016 I have planned on writing 450.000 words. This makes roughly 37,500 words a month, divided into fifteen days of writing, and fifteen days of editing, marketing etc.

Or nine months of 50.000 and three months of editing to make the math a bit more square. The good part is that it’s flexible.

This tool can work whether one writes several books at a time or just one, I guess, but I’ve always needed a few storylines at a time so that one book can ripen in the back of my head while another gets my attention.

Right now I’m writing a Paranormal series (WIP #5), and a Science Fiction (WIP #2), and I like having two so different worlds going on. I don’t think I could write two in the same genre unless the worlds are miles apart somehow.

2016 is going to be a good year! Because I planned it that way!

Man plans and God laughs, yeah, I’ve heard that, too, but I’m gonna give it my best anyway.

Happy New Year! May you find interesting new authors to enjoy.

Release Day!

Posted: 1. November 2015 in Blog

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Release day!

After a long and educational trip through the international publishing world my debut is finally here. As English is my second language it is no surprise that getting a manuscript ready takes a bit more work. Doing something I love the whole learning experience has been fantastic! I am fortunate to have been taken in by a publishing house who believes in me and the potential of my story. What a crew! Thank you everyone at eXtasy Books!

Anchored in Stone is the first book in a new paranormal M/M series with Demigods and a young pickpocket who lands himself in a world of trouble.

ISBN #:978-1-4874-0358-4
Page Count: 372
Word Count:106985

Excerpt

Alex made his way down the corridors, watching out for the guard. This one he found leafing through a magazine with his feet up and his back turned to the staircase. Alex stopped, breathed in deeply, and let it out slowly, reminding himself that a fat guard’s dumb luck was what caught his cat burglar mentor. No matter how carefully one builds a card house, a gust of wind can bring it all down.
So Alex took his time and focused all his expertise on getting past this guard as if he were from the agency itself. Finally in the basement, he made his way to the crate, pushed it open, and sought out the stone first. He found it and put it in a bag, which he in turn put in his thigh pocket, before stuffing another bag with whatever his pricey education had told him was worth the most on the black market.
Happy with his find, he turned, but something seemed to have a hold on the pocket with the stone in. He turned and found himself face to face with a big, mean-looking ghost. He gasped and clasped his left hand over his mouth to catch the scream he couldn’t stop, and clutched the stone with his right.
And then he ran. He didn’t even care if the guard saw him. He made it past the guard, who was nowhere in sight, and exited through the service entrance.
Alex didn’t stop until his body threatened to vomit out his heart. He stopped and by sheer exhaustion, his body chose to empty his stomach anyway. He took the stone out and stared at it. It felt almost as if fine electricity danced between it and where it touched his skin.
“What the hell did you have me steal, Mr. Henry?”

Now comes the next grueling period—waiting for the reviewers’ verdicts.

Check in on my WIP page from time to time to see how far we are with the next installment.

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Today I leave author D.M. Cain at the helm of my blog as she has exciting news to share—an overhaul of her book The Phoenix Project.

Cover Reveal for The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

 

It’s here! Dark, gritty psychological thriller The Phoenix Project undergoes a makeover in the brand new Booktrope edition. Completely re-edited and re-designed, don’t miss this stunning cover by the talented Amalia Chitulescu.

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The book will be available to buy soon from a wide range of digital and paperback distributors.

 

Author: D.M. Cain

Title: The Phoenix Project

Genre: Psychological thriller/Dark thriller/Dystopian

Book Content: Occasional adult language, graphic violence, and mild sexual content.

Original Cover Design from the first edition:

Phoenix project old

Synopsis:

 

How can you fight to the death, when you’ve given up on life?

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting re-released novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

 

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

 D.M. Cain Biography

 

D.M.Cain

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released two full length novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series – ‘The Shield of Soren’ and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMCainauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMCain84

Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/XevZH

Website: www.dmcain84.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DMCain/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7888430.D_M_Cain

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzt_E8st1pyfkoTiA4E5jNg